City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Elmeir Apolinario reported last Wednesday that Zamboanga City has been announced at state of calamity due to a dry spell triggered by the El Niño phenomenon.
City council approved the resolution declaring a calamity upon his office’s endorsement after drought affected the irrigation for rice fields, crops, and the city’s water supply.
“We are now under state of calamity by reason of the advisory [about] the El Niño,” Apolinario added.
The Zamboanga City Water District recently began its water rations after daily production fell at 50 percent from 158 million liters to 80 million liters. The local agriculture office, for the meantime, stated 600 hectares of rice fields have been hit by the dry spell.
Elsewhere, The Manila Water Co. who supplies water to 23 cities and towns in Metro Manila and Rizal stated its readiness for the summer months and the El Niño. Jeric Sevilla, corporate strategic affairs group head, said the water firm has already put in place a water supply contingency plan at the start of the month.
Sevilla remarked that customers should use water “more responsibly and wisely.”