The City Agriculturist Office (CAgro) reported more or less 80 percent accomplishment for the pre-active phase activities designed to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon projected to start next month.

“We are almost done with it, siguro 70 to 80 percent na among gihimo nga activity for the pre-active phase. We will review nalang sa amoang activities nga gihimo this coming Friday sa amoang regular meeting with the Execom (We are almost done with it, maybe about 70 to 80 percent of the activities for the pre-active phase have been completed. We will review the activities we have conducted this Friday during our regular meeting with the Execom),” Haspe said.

He added that by this week, they will already be able to identify highly vulnerable areas. After the identification, Haspe said that they will check the available water sources that could be utilized for the area.

“We will deploy kadtong mga water pump nato didto para magamit nato didto, pero kung walay available water source and accessible siya, ang CDRRMO water tanks pwde nato magamit (We will deploy water pumps that we can use for the said areas but if there is no available water source and the area is accessible we can use the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) water tanks),” Haspe said.

He added that the purchase of water pumps for dry spells was part of the 2020 disaster funds of Davao City.

Haspe said that they were also able to identify irrigation facilities that need repair.

“Gipa-estimate na nako sa engineering for immediate repair, para ma ensure nga mudagan gyud ang atong irrigation facilities, (The engineering department has been asked to make an estimate for immediate repair to ensure that these irrigation facilities would work),” he said.

On March 27, CAgro activated its pre-active phase for the El Niño phenomenon in line with Pagasa’s forecast that it will hit in the third quarter of 2023 and will last until 2024. CIO