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Luis Campos urges barangays, NGOs: Tap ‘survival fund’ to store rainwater

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Makati City Rep. Luis Campos has urged barangays and non-governmental organizations to avail of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) so they can put up functional rainwater collectors amid the drought brought by El Niño.

The PSF was established by law two years ago to supplement the yearly money set aside by national agencies as well as local governments for programs and projects meant to build up the capability of communities to cope with harsh weather conditions.

“We all have to get used to stockpiling rainwater during the wet season so that everybody can have access to extra freshwater supplies during dry conditions,” Campos said.

El Niño conditions are likely to worsen this April, with 61 percent of the country enduring drought and the other 39 percent undergoing a dry spell, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The PSF is administered by the People’s Survival Fund Board, composed of the heads of the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority and the Philippine Commission on Women, along with the vice chairperson of the Climate Change Commission, and one representative each from the scientific community, the business sector, and non-government organizations.