May 27, 2024

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Speaker rallies gov’t agencies to ramp up La Niña preparations

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez vows full support of the House of Representatives for concerted preparations to mitigate the effects of floods expected with the onset of La Niña phenomenon during a meeting with several Cabinet secretaries and other top officials of various agencies at his office on Tuesday (May 14, 2024). Among those present during the meeting were DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, MMDA General Manager Procopio Lipana and DILG Undersecretary Lord Villanueva. Also in the photo are Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr., Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe, Deputy Speaker David “Jay-jay” Suarez, and 1-Rider Partylist Rep. Ramon Rodge Gutierrez.

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Tuesday rallied concerned government agencies to ramp up efforts to prepare for the expected flooding with the onset of La Niña to prevent the loss of lives of our people and mitigate damage to properties.

In a meeting with top officials of various government agencies, Romualdez assured them of the full support of the House of Representatives for their La Niña preparation initiatives and programs, particularly in terms of funding, to ensure these are properly implemented.

The Speaker called for the meeting following President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s directive to undertake preventive measures to safeguard our communities and ensure the safety of our people from the threat of floods,”

“We are here with you, tell us what you need to ensure we are sufficiently prepared for La  Niña. We are here to support you,” Romualdez told the officials during the meeting.

Romualdez said the meeting reflects the government’s collective commitment to mitigate the adverse effects of La Niña and ensure our people’s safety and well-being. 

“We pledged all-out support of the House to all the concerned departments and agencies to ensure anti-flood initiatives, including dredging activities, are properly implemented promptly,” Romualdez said.

Present in the meeting were Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Manuel Bonoan, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., Department of Environment Secretary Maria Antonio Yulo Loyzaga, and Metro Manila Development Authority Genera Manager Procopio Lipana. Also present were Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Lord Villanueva.

Romualdez stressed the critical importance of working together in preparing for the onset of La Niña, citing the warning of Solidum that we would have less time to prepare for typhoons as warm waters caused by the El Niño phenomenon is now nearer the Philippines.

“We urge all stakeholders, including national and local government agencies, the private sector, and our communities, to actively participate in these initiatives,” he added.

Romualdez also appealed to the public to cooperate with the authorities, particularly in observing proper garbage disposal to ensure these would not clog waterways and cause severe flooding. 

“Dapat naman po sumunod tayo sa mga protocols dito sa paglilinis at pagtatapon ng basura dahil napaka importante po na maayos ang ating mga areas kung saan tayo nakatira para maganda ang daloy ng tubig pag malakas ang ulan,” Romualdez said.

He also urged local officials to do their part in enforcing anti-flood measures, including proper garbage disposal. 

Romualdez stressed that the economic impact of flooding can be profound, affecting everything from small businesses to national supply chains, resulting in lost productivity, property damage and significant recovery costs.

“Together, we can build a more resilient Philippines capable of withstanding the challenges posed by natural calamities,” Romualdez said.