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OCD chief cites requirement for harmony Interventions by El Nino

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Ariel Nepomuceno stated on Monday that the government’s planned actions to address the negative consequences of the El Nino phenomena need to be coordinated.

We need to talk about a number of things. We must identify and coordinate short-term, medium-term, and long-term solutions in order to be ready for the worst-case situation, he continued in a statement.

Preparation for the effects of El Nino, which are anticipated to afflict the nation from the fourth quarter of 2023 to the first quarter of 2024, was called for in an order earlier by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

Nepomuceno, who also serves as the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), agreed and stated that during an inter-agency conference on April 24, the organization had already put together a team to assist in addressing the effects of the phenomena.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewer will make up the proposed El Nino team.

Additionally, a support group made up of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been established.

During the conference, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stated that the El Nino phenomena might begin to be felt as early as June to August 2023, with the possibility of its severity growing toward the first quarter of 2024.

The provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Metro Manila, Apayao, Mountain Province, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, and Guimaras may begin to experience rainfall conditions below average.

Ilocos Norte, Bataan, and Cavite provinces are now experiencing far below-average rainfall levels.

The group also discussed the anticipated effects of El Nino on other sectors, such as health, energy, the environment, and water reserves.

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