CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) calls on the public’s attention regarding preparation for the imminent La Nina phenomenon.
After El Nino gripped the country with drought particularly in Cebu for six months, La Niña phenomenon is expected to bring torrential rain this time.
La Niña will bring excessive rainfall that will bring typhoons, flash floods and landslides that will possibly cause water born disease like cholera and leptospirosis.
As preparation, the weather bureau encourages everyone to clean gutters and creeks to avoid clogs.
PAGASA Visayas Director, Engr. Oscar Tabada, said that the bureau is also preparing for the nearing occurrence of La Nina, “Tataasan, palalakasin ang ating early warning system so before dumating ang bagyo, before dumating ang malakas na ulan, may alam na kayo para mabantayan ninyo” Tabada said.
Also, Engr. Tabada appeals to local government units to boost information, education and communication campaigns about La Niña phenomenon in barangays and schools.
A La Niña caravan will be held in the whole province in the coming months, included to the information dissemination project is giving leaflets and brochures about preparations and emergency readiness.
According to Engr. Tabada, this year’s La Niña will impose greater damage.
The incoming phenomenon will take place in the month of July and expected to last until next year.
MANILA, Philippines — The International Labor Organization (ILO) has recorded a 4.8 percent decline in the number of working hours worldwide which is equivalent to 135 million full-time jobs in the first quarter of 2020 as an impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
It is estimated to reach 305 million equivalent jobs by the end of the second-quarter which would add to the number of unemployed individuals around the world.
Specifically, the regions that will bear the brunt of largest losses in hours worked worldwide would be the Americas, Europe and Central Asia.
According to the ILO, the hardest hit are young workers, of which 1 out of 6 are now jobless since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those who remain employed have faced cuts in their working hours by 23 percent, the ILO said.
In the Philippines, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III estimates that around 4 million to 5 million Filipinos could become jobless this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The numbers may even reach 10 million if the crisis worsens further.
“Right now, your Honor, we already lost 2.6-M workers resulting from business establishments going into temporary closure and another group of business establishments resorting to flexible work arrangement,” Bello reported during a May 20 Senate hearing.
The most affected is the service sector which includes tourism, hotels, and restaurants.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in the same hearing, reported a decline in tourist arrivals in the Philippines by 54 percent from January to April this year compared with the same period in 2019.
This resulted in a reduction of 55 percent in tourist arrival revenues during the same period.
“With both international and domestic travel restriction in effect for the entirety of April, there have been no visiting tourists and therefore no revenue for the industry for this month,” Romulo-Puyat said.
To address the issue, the Labor and Tourism Departments are asking Congress for P40-billion and P70-billion budgets, respectively, to assist workers and related sectors in coping with the effects of the pandemic. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)
The Philippines is now on the second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, according to the Department of Heath (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday (May 20).
“Actually, nasa second wave tayo (we are already on the second wave),” according to Duque in response to a question of Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. regarding preparations for the second wave.
Based on reports by epidemiologists, Duque said, the first wave of the COVID-19 infection in the country was in January when the three Chinese nationals from Wuhan tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. John Wong, who is working with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) sub-technical working group, had previously reported last May 7 that the second wave of COVID-19 is already happening in the country.
Meanwhile, the DOH Secretary said the government is “doing everything to flatten the epidemic curve.”
Duque said they are already enforcing minimum health standards to prevent a third wave of the COVID-19 infection. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.
According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).
Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.
Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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