By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist local government units (LGUs) that are still reeling from the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, providing them a total of ₱9.44 million worth of augmentation assistance.
DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center reported that a total of 455,444 families or 2,208,504 persons from 30 provinces have been affected adversely by El Niño.
These are mostly in Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Caraga Region.
The concerned DSWD field offices continue to coordinate with the LGUs to determine other services that the affected families may need to help them cope with the effects of El Niño.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s projection, the weak El Niño condition, which started since the last quarter of 2018 had persisted in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.
The warmer than average sea surface temperatures have slightly weakened in June, but still within El Niño threshold.
It is expected that El Niño will likely prevail until July to August 2019.
But PAGASA said the probability for it to continue through the later part of 2019, have decreased by 50-55 percent.