MisOr braces for El Nino Phenomenon

OFFICIALS of Misamis Oriental are bracing for the possible dry spell that could affect the province in the coming months, even as early interventions are put in place to minimize off adverse effects.

This after the state weather bureau announced that Misamis Oriental is among the nine provinces in Mindanao that will likely be affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

Other provinces are Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and Misamis Occidental, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Apollo Pacamalan, head of the Provincial Agriculture Office, said only three areas in the province will be possibly affected by the dry spell in April, which is Medina town and Gingoog City and another area in the western part.

"Gamay lang ang chances nga dunay isa ka bulan nga dry spell sa Medina ug Gingoog kay sa forecast sa Pagasa below normal man ang tendency pero we are not complacent ug nangandam gihapon kita," Pacamalan said.

Governor Yevgeny Emano said the provincial government has been prepared since November last year.

"Sa taliabot nga El Niño nga problema aduna nay gibuhat nga intervention ang Provincial Agriculture Office," Emano said.

"Ang plano karon bombahan og binhi og abuno ug ang mga tractor ipabalhin dadto sa Claveria para samtang kung masinati ang El NIno diri sa ubos nga dapit dili magkulang ang atong pagkaon gikan sa mais, upland rice, ug mga lagutmon ug utanon," he added.

Pacamalan said water pumps are already pre-positioned in areas that are likely to be hit by a month-long dry spell.

The provincial agriculture office is also looking into what crops or commodities and how many farmers will be probably affected if El Niño hits the province so measures and appropriate support will be put in place.

"Hisgutan sad namo uban sa Department of Agriculture karon petsa 31 kining mga towns nga posible maigo sa dry spell para matabangan nga walay farmers nga mawad-an og pagkaon or magutman,"Pacamalan said.

The governor has urged residents not to worry much over the possible drought as he called for cooperation from the people of the province so all agriculture programs of the capitol will be achieved.


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