City sets to conduct cloud seeding operations

CLOUD seeding operations aimed to mitigate the effects of the dry spell is scheduled soon as the Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation on Monday formally turned over its P1-million share to the funding requirement for the conduct of the cloud seeding.

Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said the money is deposited with the City Treasurer’s Office together with the P500,000 share of the local government.

Apolinario said the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is sharing P2 million, but the funds will be released only when the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the ZCWD and the local government is signed.

He said the proposed MOA has been submitted to the city council for approval.

At the same time, Apolinario said the city council will also passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar to sign the MOA with the ZCWD for the utilization of calamity funds for the cloud seeding.

Apolinario said once the MOA is approved and signed, the procurement process will immediately follow.

The cloud seeding operation is aimed to induce rain to cushion the effect of the El Niño weather phenomenon.

The ZCWD is imposing a nine-hour rationing in every other basis to be able to supply water to its concessionaires. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)


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