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Calabarzon RDRRMC adopts action plan on El Niño

CALAMBA CITY (PIA) – Anticipating the looming threat and impact of El Niño in the Calabarzon region, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has adopted a comprehensive Regional Action Plan (RAP) to mitigate the effects of the weather phenomenon.

"We in the government, particularly in the RDRRM Council should hold our responsibility to the people," declared RDRRMC Chairperson and OCD CALABARZON Regional Director Carlos Eduardo E. Alvarez III

Alvarez notes that collaboration among government agencies and various sectors are vital in preparing and responding to El Niño.

"We should work hand in hand to prevent and mitigate, prepare, respond, rehabilitate and recover from the impact of El Niño and alleviate people from suffering," Alvarez added.

The RAP outlines strategies across various sectors from preventative measures like water conservation campaigns to actual preparedness efforts. It also emphasizes response plans and rehabilitation strategies for affected sectors throughout the region.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) CALABARZON Regional Director Agnes Tolentino, who played a key role in crafting the plan, urges all agencies and partners to be more proactive in implementing their projects and services for the public.

"We have a comprehensive plan, but the work doesn't end here. I urge all agencies and partners to continue their support as we move from planning to implementation. Together, we can safeguard vulnerable communities and ecosystems." 

According to DOST-PAGASA, Calabarzon has a high likelihood of below-normal rainfall, potentially leading to drought in some areas.

Bernadette Lucillo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said that as of January 2024, Cavite has been experiencing drought, Rizal is currently facing a dry spell, Batangas and Laguna are now under dry condition while Quezon province still receives a normal amount of rainfall.

"We are in a strong and mature El Niño, expected to last until May 2024. Transition to neutral conditions might not happen until April-May-June," said Lucillo. (MBL/PIA-4A)

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