THE Department of Agriculture said today that despite the delay of the onset of the rainy season due to El Niño, farmers and the whole nation must also be prepared for rains and typhoons.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the Department is already busy making the necessary preparations as part of its climate change resiliency efforts.
“Climate change is already upon us, and we must do all that we can to be already for its effects,” Alcala said.
Alcala cited super typhoon Chedeng, which in April threatened the Philippines.
“A storm of Chedeng’s magnitude in the first week of April is something quite unimaginable some years ago. Luckily for us it dissipated as it entered the country and there was minimal damage,” Alcala said.
According to the Secretary, disaster preparation should go hand-in-hand in with disaster response.
Alcala added that in the event another typhoon of Chedeng’s initial strength enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, emergency response should not be 10 kilometers per hour (kph) if the typhoon’s speed is 120 kph.
“Ang pagdaan sa daang matuwid ay dapat matulin din,” Alcala said.
He added that among those badly need help after typhoons are the farmers. The multiplier effect is bigger if help is given straight to farmers because they also feed others with what they plant, according to the Secretary. # (DA-OSEC) - Adapted, www.da.gov.ph