Duterte reconvenes El Niño task force

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2019 03:54 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte reactivated the El Niño task force earlier this week in light of forecasts that reduced rainfall may persist until the end of August.

Memorandum Order No. 38, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday but was released to the public only on Friday, reconvenes the Presidential Task Force to mitigate the impacts of El Niño.

"The recurrence of the El Niño phenomenon calls for the implementation of both short and long-term solutions to ensure food, water, and energy security; safeguard livelihoods, and improve the country’s disaster and climate resilience," the memorandum stated.

The socioeconomic planning secretary shall serve as the overall head of the El Niño Task Force, which is also led by the secretaries of agriculture, environment and natural resources, energy, health, and the interior and the local government.

State weather bureau PAGASA in May said El Niño, a weather pattern associated with reduced rainfall, would likely last until August but may drag on until the end of the year.

The Philippines has been experiencing reduced rainfall since October 2018 with several provinces suffering from dry spell and drought. 

It also limited water supply in Metro Manila in earlier months. 

Read the full memorandum here: