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ULAP supports the need that LGUs to get ready for El Nino

Governor Dax Cua, national president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), endorsed the Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr.’s call on local government units (LGUs) to get ready for a potential El Nino phenomena.

Cua understood the value of water conservation and the need to take preventative action to lessen the negative effects of El Nino on agriculture, water resources, marine resources, human health, and the environment.

“We must not undervalue the potential effects of El Nino on our communities, especially on our water and agricultural systems. To lessen the effects of this phenomenon, LGUs must take the appropriate preparation and mitigation procedures, according to a news release from Cua on Thursday.

He urged all his fellow LGU officials to follow the memorandum circular issued by Abalos, which calls for several mitigation measures like passing ordinances to prevent unauthorized water connections and promote water conservation, allowing water concessionaires and utilities to make emergency repairs, and updating El Nino contingency plans.

Cua also emphasized the significance of launching extensive information, education, and communication campaigns in communities to inform and inspire the populace to check for and promptly fix water leaks, maximize the collection and storage of rainwater, implement water-saving measures, and set air conditioners to a temperature between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius.

He also asked LGUs to work with the Department of Agriculture regional offices to conduct cloud seeding operations and deploy water-saving technologies like rotational irrigation.

“To successfully address the effects of El Nino, LGUs, national government agencies, and the private sector must work together. To ensure our communities are ready and resilient, we must cooperate, according to Cua.

He also supported President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s appeal to prepare the nation for El Nino’s probable negative effects.

The “El Nino Team,” Marcos previously ordered to be formed, will manage the government’s response to any adverse impacts that El Nino may have beginning in July and last until early the next year.

Marcos ordered the adoption of a whole-of-government strategy by all concerned government agencies, including launching a public awareness campaign to teach people how to conserve water and energy to lessen the effects of the dry spell.

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