The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration in Puerto Princesa City said that El Niño Phenomenon will continue to impact until June 2016 and confirmed that what we are experiencing in the country right now is already called a “drought”.
“Kapag ang isang lugar ay limang buwan nang hindi inuulan ito po ay tinatawag nating drought,” said PAGASA-Puerto Princesa weather forecaster Sonny Pajarilla during the meeting of El Niño Task Force of the city government, Tuesday, April 5.
The Puerto Princesa Water District has been implementing water rationing scheme particularly in elevated areas in the city due to drastic reduction of water volume in the Irawan reservoir including Campo Uno wherein the river is almost dried up.
“Malapit na tayo sa kritikal level, kagaya ng tubig sa Campo Uno na dapat nakakapagbigay sa atin ng 18,000 cu.m/day ngayon ay 1,200 cu.m/day na lang simula noong kalagitnaan ng February hanggang Marso,” said Jeovanne Sacedon of the Management and Planning Division of the water district.
The Bureau of Fire Protection has expressed concern due to the lack of sufficient source of water should there be fire calls. “Isa halip na gagamitin na lang ng mga kababayan natin ang tubig, gagamitin pa namin para pang patay ng sunog,” SFO4 Arthuro Pablico Jr. said.
Meanwhile, the City Health Office is warning the public to take extra care due to the presence of risk that might be brought by Zika virus.
Reduction in the production of crops was likewise observed but the details of this is still being gathered by Palawan News team.