MANILA, Philippines — More than one million Manila Water customers will be affected by the rotational water service interruption that the water concessionaire started on Thursday (Feb. 20).
Manila Water said this is due to the low water allocation, as well as its preparation for the dry season.
“So, ineexpect natin na bababa nang husto ang level ng dam. So, this early, kailangan paghandaan natin ‘yon para ‘yong limitadong supply na nakukuha natin sa Angat Dam na siyang nagsu-supply ng 96, 97 percent ng tubig para sa Metro Manila, mas ma-manage natin ng mabuti at nang tayo ay makatawid ngayong summer hanggang sa bago dumating uli ‘yong tag-ulan,” Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.
In January, the water company started lowering the pressure of the water distributed to households in Metro Manila and Rizal province. This is done in off-peak hours or from 10 in the evening to 6 in the morning.
“While ‘yung interruption na binanggit natin is about 4 to 10 hours. In reality, mas maikli dahil nga madaling araw lang natin gagawin. So, generally, mga 11 to about 3 to 4 in the morning lang ito kung saan hindi nila mararamdaman,” Sevilla said.
He added that the schedule and the affected areas of the water service interruption can be found on the company’s Facebook page.
Manila Water added that the rotational water service interruption will continue as long as the water allocation by the National Water Resources Board is still below normal.
For the past several months, the water allocated to Manila Water is just 42 cubic meters per second —much lower than the normal allocation of 46 cubic meters per second.
As of 8:00 AM on Friday, the water level in Angat dam was at 202.48 meters.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the rain brought by the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan contributed to the rise of the water level in Angat.
To date, Metro Manila will still have a reduced water allocation.
The NWRB said the board will still have to discuss how much water will be allocated in Metro Manila in the coming months. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Weather has a major role in the inevitable spread of diseases.
According to former Health Undersecretary Dr. Ted Herbosa, the rate of infection of certain diseases such as the novel coronavirus (nCoV) is usually high when the weather is cold.
“Kaya kumakalat ngayon iyan kasi medyo malamig ang weather (The reason why it [nCoV] spreads rapidly is because of the cold weather),” Herbosa explained.
“Kagaya ng influenza o flu, ang season niyan ay during winter season sa northern hemisphere, (Similar to influenza or flu, it is prevalent during winter season in the northern hemisphere),” he added.
Herbosa noted that the 2019 novel coronavirus originated from the part of China that is located in the northern hemisphere where the temperature is low.
The former Health official clarified, however, that the coming of the dry season in the Philippines does not guarantee a total elimination of the nCoV because temperature in the country never reaches 50’C, the degree of heat that kills most viruses.
In some countries that experience four seasons, Herbosa believes nCoV might persist until midyear.
“Tapos na ang winter nila. Ang spring nila ay hanggang June. So ang tingin ko dito, tatagal ito dito sa mga temperate country all the way hanggang June habang malamig ang hangin (The winter season in their country is over. Spring time will be until June. So I presume (nCoV) will persist in temperate country all the way until June while the wind is cold),” he said.
Dr. Herbosa explained that certain bacteria or viruses persist in an airconditioned building because people are more likely to inhale them.
During dry season in the Philippines, diarrhea is one of the most prevalent conditions since high temperature causes food to spoil easily.
During rainy season, meanwhile, the most prevalent would be influenza. Dr. Herbosa advises the public to get vaccinated between April and May to be protected.
“Makikita ninyo iyan sa program ng ating pamahalaan. Mayroon silang mga sakit na ina-address kada buwan, (You would notice in our government’s programs, they have a list of diseases which they address each month),” he explained.
“This is because microbes or illnesses that spread, their environment is affected by weather or climate,” he added.
It is best to eat healthy food that will strengthen one’s immune system, according to Dr. Herbosa.
Thus, he recommends taking plenty of food rich in vitamin C; do regular exercise and drink lots of water.
It would also be helpful to have enough sleep to boost one’s resistance against certain illnesses. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.
As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.
The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.
Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.
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