San Pablo enjoys 30-minute rain amid El-Niño season

Residents in four San Pablo City barangay (villages) and the municipality of Alaminos rejoiced when they were visited by a 30-to-40-minute downpour on Saturday afternoon, a most welcome relief from the sweltering summer.

Rains spawned floods over barangay roads particularly in Santiago 1, Santiago 2, San Bartolome and Bautista all in San Pablo and in Alaminos town at about 5:10 p.m., Saturday.

A tricycle driver from nearby Barangay San Gabriel who was caught by the rains and flooding along the road in Santiago 1 told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he thought the 30-minute downpour and the dark thick clouds had signaled the end of the El Niño phenomenon in the country.

An Inquirer report earlier quoted Prisco Nilo, a weather forecaster at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as saying that the effects of La Niña, which would bring excessive rains (as opposed to the drought brought by El Niño), would be felt in the country by July.

The report also quoted Nilo as saying that PAGASA has been coordinating with other agencies such as the National Disaster Coordinating Council, the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government and the National Cross to prepare for the onset of La Niña. He also emphasized that local governments must start preparing for the rainy season and La Niña.