Monday, August 23, 2010

Philippine government lacks funds for La Niña impact Government may not have a working budget to mitigate the possible effects of the La Niña phenomenon, an unusual weather situation blamed for above normal rainfall in many countries including the Philippines.

This was after officials from the departments of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, and Environment, attending the La Niña Summit on Monday, failed to quote offhand their respective allocations for the weather phenomenon.

The absence of a standby fund means the government may only have to depend on the P1-billion revolving fund of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (formerly National Disaster Coordinating Council) for the coming of La Niña.

Private sector representatives who attended the summit were alarmed by this development. “We want to know if we have something to work on. In as much as we have identified measures of preparedness, not so much will be accomplished unless we have the corresponding budget," said Christian Monsod, co-convenor of the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines.

Monsod was concerned that since nothing substantial came out of the first Climate Change Summit in 1995, “after fifteen years we should be able to do the right thing this time."…

La Niña conditions. Warm water is further west than usual. From NOAA

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