PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019   •   860

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.

This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.

During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.

But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.

The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.

This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).

With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Manila Water continues implementation of rotational water service interruption through dry season

Maris Federez   •   February 21, 2020

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

LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

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.

Damage to agriculture due to Taal eruption hits P3-B

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over P3-B worth of agricultural products have been damaged on the first week of Taal volcano’s eruption, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

So far, the eruption has affected 15, 790 hectares of land and a total of 1,923 animal heads with an overall estimated value of P3.06 billion, a big leap from the previous report of P577-M.

The latest report incorporated additional damage in Laguna and updated reports from Batangas and Cavite which include high-value crops that were destroyed namely coffee, cacao, pineapple, assorted fruits and vegetables, rice, coconut, as well as the provinces’ fisheries.

The DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resuorces (BFAR) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), however, is continuously assessing the affected areas for the impact of volcanic activities on marine life in Taal Lake and animals in the volcano region.

Based on the latest report, tilapia and bangus (milkfish) culture incurred losses of up to P1.6 billion worth; making fisheries the most affected commodity in terms of damage and losses.

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