Malacañang on Wednesday assured the public that the government will implement contingency measures to cushion the onslaught of the rain-driving La Niña phenomenon.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said a comprehensive program is in place to reduce the impact of La Niña on communities.
“As part of its overall strategy on climate change resiliency, government is implementing a comprehensive program on mitigating the harmful effects of the possible onset of the La Nina scenario,” Coloma told reporters.
The program, he added, “covers agriculture, flood control and disaster risk reduction measures at the grassroots level.”
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) expects La Niña to start in July and will intensify by the last quarter.
“With this current state, La Niña watch is now in effect. A La Niña event is characterized by persistent cooler than average sea surface temperature anomalies (below -0.5 degrees Celsius) over the tropical Pacific,” the weather bureau said.
The weather bureau predicted more rains as tropical cyclones and low-pressure areas are expected to hit the country from August to September.