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Albay reviews action plans for LGUs as it prepares for El Nino

The weather service predicted the onset of the El Nino phenomena in July, August, and September, with a potential persistence through 2024. As a result, the provincial government of Albay is preparing for potential repercussions.

Head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), Dr. Cedric D. Daep, stated in an interview on Thursday that a meeting would be called the following week to facilitate the proper response action and measures to mitigate the effects of El Nino on infrastructure, domestic water supplies, agriculture, health, and other sectors, as well as to supplement the response efforts of the three cities and 15 municipalities in Albay.

“We’ll meet with the affected offices the following week. They will present their action plans and countermeasures. We will make the necessary adjustments by the requirements of the offices, including the provincial veterinary office (PVO) for livestock, the provincial agriculture office (PAO) for agriculture, the provincial engineering office (PEO) for infrastructure, and the provincial health office (PHO) for health impacts.

He added that local government units (LGUs) in Albay should monitor, assess, and make a list of any potentially sensitive regions to be aware of the effects of El Nino.

“Identify the areas, monitor, assess, and prepare a contingency plan or measures to cushion the effect,” he continued, “, especially for non-irrigated farms, upland, and shallow-rooted vegetable farm areas in the province.”

The governor of Albay, Edcel Greco Lagman, warned on Thursday to inform the public and lessen the harmful health impacts of the province’s severe heat.

The recommendation urged resting between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and scheduling outside events and activities to take place early in the day or late in the afternoon to reduce exposure and stay cool.

Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink water. If you’re working outside, drink even more. Wear proper attire, avoid dark colors and tight fits, and wear lightweight, baggy fabrics. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen. Avoid beverages that are sweetened, caffeinated, or alcoholic because they induce additional water loss, it continued.

According to Lagman, El Nino could lead to heat-related ailments, particularly in the elderly or people with health issues.

“Seek immediate medical attention or call 0947-570-0332 – Albay emergency management services,” the advisory advised. “If any signs and symptoms of heat-induced illness are experienced (cold, pale, and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, confusion, or loss of consciousness),” it continued.

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