Manila, Philippines — The government has taken significant action to address the threat of El Niño and its potential impact on the country’s water resources. A memorandum circular signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin directs all national government agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations and state universities and colleges, to enforce and practice water conservation measures. The memorandum emphasizes the importance of implementing these measures to avoid an impending water crisis in Metro Manila and other areas that are already experiencing water scarcity.

To lead the implementation of a nationwide water conservation program, the newly-created “Water Resources Management Office,” under the “Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” will take charge. The memorandum mandates that all national government agencies identify and implement measurable and achievable water conservation measures resulting in a 10% reduction in water consumption compared to their respective first-quarter water consumption. Meanwhile, the Local Water Utilities Administration, the National Water Resources Board, and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System must submit monthly supply-demand projections, which will determine whether there will be a shortage in water supply in the future.

Moreover, the latest memorandum circular encourages both government and private water service providers to enforce conservation measures, including non-revenue water management and water pressure management. It also calls for these water service providers to complete their projects to reduce non-revenue water and upgrade their water distribution pipes. By reducing water wastage, the government aims to ensure that limited water resources are properly utilized.

Local government units were also urged to process requests from water service providers promptly to ensure the timely completion of their water projects. To mitigate the impact of the El Niño phenomenon, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. created a team tasked with developing water conservation programs. The “National El Niño Team” is already working on identifying ways to lessen the effects of the dry spell in the country.

According to PAGASA, the state weather bureau, the phenomenon will start in June of this year. Although the climate pattern in the country is forecasted to remain neutral from March to June, El Niño is anticipated to begin afterward. The El Niño phenomenon is characterized by the warming of sea surface temperature in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, leading to below-normal rainfall.

The memorandum circular is an urgent reminder to all national government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporations and state universities and colleges, to implement specific water conservation measures to reduce water consumption in anticipation of the impending El Niño effect. By doing so, the government aims to prevent potential water crises and provide its citizens with reliable access to clean water. To achieve this, cooperation, and collaboration among government agencies, water service providers, local government units, and the public are crucial. Together, they can overcome the challenges and ensure water security for the country.

To conclude, the government’s efforts to address the potential water crisis in the country due to the upcoming El Niño phenomenon are commendable. The latest memorandum circular directs all national government agencies, instrumentalities, and local government units to implement specific water conservation measures, reduce water consumption, and upgrade water distribution pipes. The newly-created Water Resources Management Office will lead the implementation of a nationwide water conservation program, while the National El Niño Team is developing water conservation programs to mitigate the effects of the dry spell. Collaboration and cooperation among government agencies, water service providers, local government units, and the public at large are necessary to ensure the success of these measures.

Despite the challenges posed by the El Niño phenomenon, the government’s response demonstrates its commitment to ensuring access to clean water for all. By reducing water wastage, improving infrastructure, and promoting responsible water consumption practices, the country can mitigate the impact of the dry spell and prevent potential water crises. It is now up to all stakeholders to work together and take action to safeguard the country’s water resources and ensure that its citizens have access to a reliable supply of clean water.