Government assures food security amid El Niño threat

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

MANILA -- The Aquino administration has put in place enough measures to ensure food security in the country amid the threat of a long El Niño phenomenon, a Palace official said Sunday.

Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Heminio Coloma Jr. said that food security is one of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“Kaya kapag tinunghayan po natin ang kanilang budget sa General Appropriations Act of 2015, makikita po nating nakahanay doon ang mga kongkretong programa sa pagtiyak na magkakaroon tayo ng sapat na pagkain,” said Coloma over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He said the Department of Agriculture (DA) considered and anticipated the natural calamities that may hit the country.

“Isa na po diyan ‘yung pag-diversify ng ating mga supply kung sakaling tamaan ng bagyo o kalamidad ang isang lugar na hindi naman mawa-wipe out o mawawala ang ating inaasahang panggagalingan ng pagkain sapagkat nakapaghanda naman po sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanim sa iba’t ibang lugar ng ating bansa,” Coloma said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned that the country may feel the effect of El Niño by June 2014 and this will last until the first quarter of next year.

The El Niño phenomenon is an anomalous warming of the ocean water temperature that affects the countries surrounding the Pacific Ocean. This brings drought and trigger abnormal weather patterns.

Coloma said Pagasa will be furnishing monthly rainfall outlook for six months for the different parts of the country.

"Concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impact of this phenomenon,” he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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