Government urged to activate Task Force El Niño

Senator Grace Poe is urging the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies to activate a Task Force El Niño that would identify communities severely impacted by droughts and water shortages.

“Dapat may task Force El Niño ang Department of Agriculture at iba’t ibang departamento para makita kung saan tayo makakatulong agad… Sa task force na ‘yan, ina-identify ‘yung mga bibigyan ng tubig na priority,” said Poe as she lamented several days of no water supply in some parts of Metro Manila.

Metro Manila and nearby provinces experienced water shortage in the past few days due to a critical level in dams while agricultural provinces recorded crop losses this early. El Niño is expected to further intensify in the hottest months of the year.

Poe further stated that communities must not only rely on dams for their water supply and proposed that local government units should have catchment areas or water cisterns to collect rainwater and help communities during summer or droughts.

“Hindi lang sa pagtatayo ng dams, dapat may water catchment facilities din. ‘Di ba sa atin grabe pag umulan, ang lakas, yung tubig umaagos lang. ‘Yung communities maglagay paano makolekta ang tubig. Hindi naman tayo magre-rely lang sa dam.” SENATE