Palawan is ready for the onslaught of the El Nino phenomenon, the provincial agriculture office said.
Milagros Cacal, senior science provincial research specialist, said that farmers know what they need to do.
“It is better that there was an early announcement of an intensified El Nino, ” Cacal said.
She added that farmers already know that they will not plant any fruit trees and rice if there will be no rains already.
To also lessen the impact of the El Nino, farmers will not plant anymore after October especially those that need more water, she said.
Cacal said her office is ready to help farmers that will be affected by the long drought.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said drought is defined as three consecutive months of way below normal rainfall condition or 60 percent reduction from average rainfall.
The El Niño phenomenon is likely to intensify until the last quarter of this year and may last until early 2016, the state weather bureau said.
At least 79 provinces would be affected by the El Niño which will be at its worst this year.
The weather bureau recorded weather disturbances in July that included high-pressure area, inter-tropical convergence zone, southwest monsoon, low-pressure areas and three tropical cyclones over the Philippine area of responsibility.