Many Filipinos now saying ‘ouch’ to unusual Cold
by FFE PH News Staff
The tropical climate of the Philippines means that the country experiences wet and hot weather for most of the year. This is why many welcomed the cold spell brought by the northeast monsoon this January. But the persistent cold is now taking a turn for the worse as more reports of livestock and crops dying from the cold surface.
In Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, around 113 farm animals worth Php912,290 have already perished, according to provincial veterinarian Renante Decena in a report on Monday. 24 barangays in 12 towns have been affected by the death of the livestock, which includes seven cattle, three carabaos, 38 pigs, 49 sheep, nine goats and eight poultry.
The provincial vet has already mobilised para-veterans in the areas of Sagay, Sipalay, Himamaylan, Cadiz and La Carlota cities; and the towns of Salvador Benedicto, Toboso, Valladolid, San Enrique, Murcia, Manapla and Moises Padilla to assist the farmers. Most of the livestock were backyard farm animals owned by small farmers.
Meanwhile, the unusual cold has caused many residents of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan to go to barangay health centres for medicines for colds. Tuguegarao is known for registering the hottest temperature in the country at 42.2 degrees in 1912 and 1969. On 2 April 2013, the city hit 37 degrees.
The weather has also caused many residents of Tuguegarao to change their routines, including setting out for farms later than usual, delaying clothes washing and consuming more liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to heat up bathing water and water for tea or coffee.
Temperatures in Tuguegarao dropped to 13.9 on Sunday, the coldest for the city this year. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Baguio weather specialist Leticia Dispo noted that ‘The mercury has been hitting single digit for several days.’ On 19 January, Baguio City registered 8.1 degrees, the coldest for 2014 and the 8th coldest for the city since 1961.
Pagasa weather specialists said that the cold weather is brought by freezing winter winds from Siberia. Forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the northeast monsoon ‘is expected to peak in the first and second week of February’ and that ‘there’s a possibility the temperature could go even lower.’