According to a Palace official, President Aquino is paying attention to the blitz of El Niño in the country, specifically in the agriculture sector, which may impact on food production.
Through a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “First of all, let me say that the President has been watching the situation carefully; meaning, even before the recent news about the coming El Niño in September, the President has already been aware and he’s already been briefed on the progress of El Niño.”
Valte said the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) already made forecasts starting September as part of the government preparations.
She also said that other government agencies should already be preparing for their next steps with regard to the effects of El Nino.
Government agencies already carried out similar measures last summer, when some areas in the country had less or experienced zero rainfall, she said.
According to Valte, Government agencies already executed parallel measures last summer, when some areas in the country had experienced less or zero rainfall.
“So our agencies have already been implementing their action plans in those areas,” she said during the interview.
“So that experience is helping us plan and prepare for the coming El Niño as projected by the Department of Science and Technology,” she added.
Different agencies can now be properly guided on the preparations that they will implement such as cloud-seeding, water preparation for irrigation, and others since the DOST has come up with its forecasts.
“So what’s important is that the DOST already has the projection kasi doon susunod ang ating mga ahensya, in the same way that the DOST, in cases of typhoons and storms, sila ang nauuna,” Valte stated.
The government also expanded its planning because experts foreseen a more critical form of El Niño, according to Valte.
“Siyempre nag-iba na ang sitwasyon from the time that we experienced that mga more than 15 years ago,” she added.
Valte also said, “Ngayon, what is on our side… is that we have more lessons from then…, and there is more technology that can help aid in the solution.”