The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) has started its preparation for the possible worst effect of La Niňa now that the El Niňo Southern Oscillation is on “decaying stage.”
PDRRMC Vice-Chairman and Provincial Administrator Atty. Joshua U. Bolusa alerted members of the council to be proactive in dealing with the worst scenario that can arise from the phenomenon.
According to Mr. Sonny Pajarilla of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Services Administration (PAG-ASA), La Niňa watch has already been activated although there is still an existing advisory for El Niňo or drought. La Niňa is expected to hit the country until the end of June.
The Philippines is expecting typhoon starting July of this year. The manifestation of La Niňa is 80-100%, near normal starting July and will worsen towards the end of 2016 and January of 2017, Pajarilla added.
Atty. Bolusa directed the PDRRMO to intensify Information and Education Campaigns or IECs on precautionary measures for the worst effect of La Niňa. PDRRMC tied up with the Department of Education (DepEd Palawan) to integrate the importance of emergency preparedness in student lessons in schools.
The Council is set to convene again in the first week of June to update preparations against La Niňa.