As El Niño is expected to hit the country soon, barangay and day care workers campaigned for water conservation.
Day care workers (DCWs) in the province said they will teach their pupils about the effects of El Niño.
“Even when they are still young, they should already know what El Niño is and how it’s going to affect them,” said Hatty Mendez, secretary of Minglanilla DCW.
In Talisay City, Mayor Johnny delos Reyes already ordered barangay health workers (BHW) to be vigilant for the possible diseases that may be contracted during the prolonged heat.
Provincial Health Office Chief Dr. Cythnia Genosolango said they should watch out for respiratory illness, cough and cold for children, and heat stroke.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the El Niño phenomenon is expected to occur starting June or July.
According to Pagasa, El Niño “is characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP).” It added that it “could affect the normal rainfall pattern in the country generally resulting in reduced rainfall.”
Pagasa projected that the prolonged dry season may continue until the first quarter of 2015.
Some 1,240 barangay workers in Minglanilla and Talisay City received their productivity incentives last Tuesday, May 6.
Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Provincial Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III led the ceremonial distribution.
For Minglanilla, the distribution was made at the municipal gym and for Talisay, it was held at Barangay Tabunok gym.
Aside from DCWs, and BHWs, the recipients also include Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Animal Health Aides, and Barangay Tanods.