This is to respectfully inform that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has upgraded the La Niña Watch to a La Niña Alert, with the chance of a La Niña forming this year has increased to 70 percent.

According to PAGASA, there is a sustained cooling of sea surface temperatures across the central to eastern equatorial Pacific and atmospheric indicator is now at La Niña thresholds.

While neutral condition where neither La Niña nor El Niño is prevailing at present, most climate models suggest the chance of La Niña forming in 2020 is about 70 percent.

PAGASA first issued a La Niña Watch in July when the probability of a La Niña within the next six months was at 55 percent.

Generally, the PAGASA La Niῆa forecast indicated above normal rainfall conditions are expected over most parts of the country from September 2020 to February 2021. Potential impacts of La Niña, which include floods and rain-induced landslides over vulnerable areas, are anticipated.

In this regard, the Provincial/City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils/Offices are please advised to be vigilant and to take precautionary measures in view of the DOST-PAGASA La Niña Alert which could have possible adverse impact on the local population, on health, on public and private infrastructure, on the economy.

The Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMCs) are kindly advised to coordinate with their City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council/Office (C/M DRRMC/O) to plan for any emergency, including evacuation measures.  Caution should be taken that evacuation centers are located in safe areas, that these should not be located in landslide-/flood-/hazard-prone areas.

All these should be hand-in-hand with health protocols in view of the ongoing pandemic.

Everyone is please advised to keep informed on the latest weather bulletin from PAGASA.

Thank you.