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Help farmers prepare
for La Niña: Pag-asa

PAGASA Director for the Visayas, Oscar Tabada, is urging Local Government Units to prepare the community for the possible dangers that La Nina may bring.

He said plantations have the tendency to be flooded especially if they are in low-lying areas and will create extensive damage to crops.

He urged LGUs to help farmers by providing them post-harvest facilities, among others, for drying and storage of agricultural products.

He added that in order to lessen damages caused by insects and pests, it is advisable for farmers to get crop insurance after consulting their local agricultural officials.

Tabada encouraged the community to maximize rain water harvesting and storage for future use.

For health purposes, he urged that water quality must be monitored and for people to be aware about the prevalence of water-borne diseases.

He said landslides, coastal erosions and seaside flooding are largely caused by lack of trees, and called on people to plant trees as this can boost tourism, provide livelihood, and ensure food and water security.

Tabada also said it is important to have an early warning system for times of calamities such as flooding and typhoon.

An effective warning system can save lives, he said, citing the Ormoc tragedy that took place several ago where thousands of lives were lost because of the absence of an early warning system.

“Evacuate, if your community is advised to. Your property can still be recovered if you are alive,” Tabada said.*


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