The Calabarzon El Niño Task Force, chaired by Dir. Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A conducted a meeting on 8 April 2016 to monitor the initial effects of El Niño in Calabarzon, review the Roadmap to Address the Impact of El Niño (RAIN) and review the implementation report for RAIN. During the meeting, Ms. Bernadeth Lucillo of PAGASA reported that according to international prediction centers, El Niño is weakening but the impacts of El Niño may still be experienced for three to four months.
Other topics discussed during the meeting were: a) effects of El Niño particularly in agriculture, price of commodities and environment; and b) updates on the roadmap of regional line agencies and initiatives Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer on addressing the impacts of El Niño.
During the discussions, Ms. Suzette Panopio of DA Region IV-A reported that at present, DA Region IV-A has not received damage reports from the local government units. Mr. Axel Palisoc of DSWD Region IV-A reported that there were families affected by El Niño. The report of Mr. Palisoc needs to be validated by DA Region IV-A, BFAR and concerned Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices. Other agencies also reported no significant changes on El Niño-related indicators associated to their organizations.
To ensure the reliability of reports and to guarantee adequate assistance are provided to the affected families, the Committee shall request the submission of comprehensive reports by the Provincial Agriculture Offices and DA Region IV-A and the conduct of field monitoring by the Regional Project Monitoring Committee.
Donna Riza P. Ronquillo, NEDA Region IV-A | Monday, April 11, 2016