Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sorsogon braces for El Nino

SORSOGON CITY, Sept 2, 2015 (PIA) – Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee, chair of the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), convened on August 27selected members of the council in its effort to address issues and concerns that may arise and be felt by the Sorsoganons due to the upcoming El Nino.

Represented agencies during the meeting were the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration based in Juban Sorsogon, Agriculture Office, Philippine Information Agency, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agrarian Reform, City Water District and the Environment Office.

The provincial government of Sorsogon has anticipated the El Nino phenomenon which is expected to cause an impact to various sectors starting the second semester of 2015 until next year.

Chief Meteorological Officer Fernando D. Pantoja, Jr. of PAGASA Weather Station in Juban presented the "PAYONG PAGASA" that provided El Nino Update and Outlook from May to October 2015.

His presentation bared that weak El Niño is present in the tropical Pacific with chances of strengthening toward the end of 2015; Onset of the rainy season associated with southwest monsoon commenced mid-June 2015; Higher air temperature may be experienced during the forecast period (May- September 2015); and 5-11 Tropical cyclones are estimated to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) from September 2015 to January 2016: 2-4 in September, 2-3 in October, 1-2 in November, 0-1 in December 2015 and 0-1 in January 2016.

Pantoja said Bicol Region will experience the height of drought/dry spell in October 2015 and the province of Sorsogon will likely to experience the peak comes October 2015 and on January 2016.

PAGASA recommended that both the government and the public must be ready for the dry spell and prepare contingency plan to address its adverse effects.

The meeting served as a prior assessment, and analysis were made on the possible impact of the said phenomenon as part of the precautionary measures that the PDRRMC can do to mitigate the negative effect of this unwanted circumstance in the province of Sorsogon.

According to Pantoja, PAGASA will continue to monitor the climate system, analyze rainfall, temperature conditions and forecast update, assess dry spell situation and outlook at possible affected areas and issue advisories and press releases of latest climate information

Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Tess V. Destura said as an initial move in preparation of the El Nino phenomenon, they are using the two variety of high resistance rice that will help the farmers in times of drought or dry spell. Likewise, they have also advised the farmers to have an early harvest of their farm produce to avoid further damages and production losses.

Engr. Rene U. Lacson of the Sorsogon City Water District, on the other hand, said they are prepared for the upcoming El Nino and are ready to provide an alternative way of water supply to their area of concern in case of water shortage.

Contingency Plans of concerned agencies will be formally submitted to the SPDRRM Office by the 1st week of September 2015 for ready presentation during the PDRRM Council meeting. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

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