CEBU CITY: The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) has passed a resolution asking local government units (LGUs) in the province to come up with water conservation programs amid below normal rainfall due to the weak El Niño phenomenon.
The resolution, sponsored by PB Member Arleigh Sitoy, noted the water problems aired by some town officials during a recent water summit organized by the Cebu Capitol.
Initial assessment presented by the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office during the summit showed that water sources have been depleted in some areas in the towns of San Fernando, Alegria, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Madridejos in Bantayan Island, and the towns in Camotes Island.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that despite the El Niño, rain may still be expected by mid-June, at which time the public should store water.
The PB also requested LGUs to conduct further assessment on the impact of El Niño and monitor areas in their jurisdiction that experience problems on water.
At least five LGUs have declared a state of calamity because of the waning water supply.