Olongapo City LGU Spearheads El Niño Planning, SUBICWATER Shares Preparation Measures

The meeting was led by none other than Olongapo City Mayor, Atty. Rolen C. Paulino, Jr. who remained for the whole duration of the discussion.

Earlier this month the Olongapo City Local Government Unit (LGU), led by Mayor Rolen Paulino, Jr., spearheaded a discussion regarding the impact of the ongoing El Niño phenomenon on the upcoming summer season. Joining the meeting were representatives of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) of Olongapo City, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), SUBICWATER and other pertinent organizations and agencies.

PAGASA shared its dry day forecast for the moths of March- August, which indicates potentially lower amounts of rain.

The activity provided the most suitable venue for PAGASA to share its dry day outlook for the months of March- August, during which the agency highlighted the potentially lower rainfall that may be experienced in the Olongapo and Subic Bay Freeport areas. The meeting was also an opportunity for SUBICWATER to share its plans, and contingency measures in light of the possible impact of the dry season.

Engr. Hernandez shared the preparation measure being made by SUBICWATER which began as early as last year.

Engr. Rhea Hernandez, Head of the Integrated Management Services Department (IMSD) and Officer-In-Charge of the Commercial Division of the company carefully explained the preparations being made by SUBICWATER- from its distribution to leak response- to optimize the supply and lessen the impact of El Niño. Hernandez shared “As early as last year, we already initiated some of our protocols in response to the lower volume of rain. Now it really is just a matter of coordination among all the critical stakeholders which, thankfully, is already being led by the LGU”.

Apart from maximizing the existing raw water supplies of the company, which are mostly surface water, SUBICWATER has communicated other measures to the relevant government agencies. This includes the proper use of fire hydrants, management of the recreational use of water, and the reporting of leaks and pilferage (illegal connections) to the company.

However, while these and other measures are continuously implemented by the company in preparation for any possible scenario, the public is advised to regularly monitor our Facebook page and other channels in case of the announcement of drought conditions during the summer months.

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