Continuing on her Zamboanga visit, USAID Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems discussed the city’s response to the impacts of El Niño and climate change with representatives from the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD). “I understand that Zamboanga City is already in its third year of drought. Unfortunately, with climate change, the situation will likely worsen in future years. This is why our collaboration with you is timely and important as we work to address these mounting challenges,” said Dr. Brems.
In 2014, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the occurrence of a strong El Niño. The island of Mindanao, including the Zamboanga Peninsula, is one of the areas hardest hit by El Niño and has experienced below normal rainfall. USAID is supporting Zamboanga City in improving water security and sanitation, preparing for the impacts of climate change, and strengthening its economic competitiveness and resilience.