Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gov. Espino reconvenes Task Force on El Nino

Lingayen- - -Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. has reconstituted the province’s Multi-Sectoral Task Force on El Nino to prepare a plan of action to mitigate the impact of the phenomenon on agriculture, environment, economy and human health.

          Gov. Espino said that an immediate plan of action must be implemented to cushion the effect of the phenomenon and further assist the marginalized farmers from production loss thru effective solutions.

Chaired by Dalisay Moya, OIC Provincial Agriculture’s Office and co-chaired by Col Paterno Orduna, the multi-sectoral task force will identify, monitor and evaluate all areas within the irrigated lands that are traditionally not served with irrigation water during long dry spells.

According to Moya, the group is also tasked to identify all livestock such as hogs and poultry and inland fishery areas that are most likely affected by El Nino.

“We will also identify and assess all areas that were delayed in planting especially those areas that may have to plant in October in the case of corn and rainfed rice, and in November, in the case of irrigated rice,” Moya said.

She further disclosed that they will conduct briefings and massive information dissemination related to El Nino for mitigation and adaptation measures to community sectors.

“We need to educate our farmers, the fisher-folks and other agricultural stakeholders by providing them information about practical tips regarding this phenomenon. They must be ready for any eventuality to sustain productivity,” Moya added.

El Nino is a periodic ocean-warming and atmospheric disturbance characterized by deficient rainfall and prolonged drought in some areas, while heavy rains, storms or hurricane in other areas of the globe resulting to innumerable damages to crops, livestock, properties and even human lives in all areas simultaneously.

Based on the daily monitoring report of the OPAg, there are 246 affected barangays in the province covering an area of 105.5 hectares. Out of this, affected area, a total of 83.5 hectares was already harvested with low productivity.

Members of the task force include Benita Pizarro, PPDO; Dr. Benedicto Perez, OPVET; Engr. Helsy Bermudez, Provincial Irrigation Engineer, NIA; Leduina Co, PENRO-DENR; Ramon Cuaresma, Provincial Manager, NFA Western Pangasinan; Nicanor Rosario, Provincial Manager, NFA Eastern Pangasinan; Orpheus M. Velasco, PIO; Dr. Ferdinand Totaan, OIC-PHO; Oftociano Manalo, President, Federation of Irrigator’s Association; and, Claudio Ofrancia, PAFC Chairman. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

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