In the recent statement made by Edgardo Angara, former senator and Department of Agriculture chief, he said how the Philippines is not ready for the El Nino season.
Despite the warning from PAGASA, the government still failed to organize a plan for the upcoming dry season. In fact the UN also warned the country of the possible ill effects of El Nino in the environment and to the people.
According to former senator Edgardo Angara, the government came up short in terms of trying to mitigate the effects of El Nino. The former senator has discussed this issue in a forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City.
Filipinos are already experiencing the effects of El Nino. Temperature has been on the rise for the past few weeks and according to PAGASA, it is expected to soar to nearly 40C.
The senior weather specialist of PAGASA, Analiza Solis, said that there would be further rainfall shortage for the upcoming months.
The increase in temperature threatens the food supply in our country. Farmers are the most vulnerable in this season. In fact, the recent issue with regards to three farmers in Kidapawan killed during a rally shows the lack of preparedness of the government.
Angara has said that “The Kidapawan incident highlights the need to prioritize food and water in the country." He said in the forum how the country, throughout the years, has failed to address the issue of the farmers suffering from the effects of El Nino. He suggested that one way to resolve the problems caused by El Nino is by building a rain water catchment.
This has been already done when Angara was an agriculture secretary.