Statement on looming El Niño phenomenon

June 10, 2023

I stand with Malacañang in urging all national government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations and state universities and colleges in implementing water conservation measures amidst the looming El Niño phenomenon within the next few months. PAGASA projects an 80% chance of El Niño occurrence beginning June to August this year until the first quarter of 2024.

While El Niño does not directly cause water scarcity, the reduced rainfall it brings can influence decreased water supply and droughts. And as it is, we are facing the alarming truth that our water resources are already depleting at a disturbing rate.

I urge everyone to conserve water and act swiftly to avoid a potentially devastating water crisis that will impact our daily lives, food production, and the environment.

We can implement simple yet impactful water conservation measures in our homes, workplaces, and communities. Start by fixing leaks, using water-efficient appliances, utilizing rainwater harvesting systems, and being mindful of our water usage in daily activities. Encourage others to do the same and raise awareness about the importance of water conservation. Conserving water is not just a responsibility, it is a necessity. Together, we have the power to make a difference.