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Implement 2015 roadmap on El Niño

09:01 AM April 16, 2019

Inquirer’s editorial, “El Niño and the May polls” (4/8/19), was timely as the dry spell is again upon us.

The 2015 Roadmap for Addressing the Impacts of El Niño (RAIN) is a commendable approach to mitigating the effects on the supply and prices of food.

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But the implementation of that roadmap was not consistent, as it depended on the local government units (LGUs) run by politicians whose priorities were elsewhere.

The implementation should be given to the Department of Public Works and Highways, which should build water impounding facilities in all provincial areas as part of the “Build, build, build” program.

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This function should never be given to LGUs and politicians, but rather to engineers. Our country should never have to experience any water crisis, if only our leaders would stop talking and start thinking more.

Ask engineers from UP and other schools to initiate, plan and eventually implement RAIN.

WILFREDO LUPOS, walupos@gmail.com

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