PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte praised the heavens on Thursday as rains fell during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Bacolod City.
Duterte found the rains a respite from the scorching heat caused by the El Niño phenomenon.
“More than anything else, I’d like to thank God for the rains. We are suffering from the El Niño phenomenon and we need rain more than -- mas kailangan ng Pilipino,” he said in his speech.
State weather bureau PAGASA had earlier warned of a possible dry spell or drought in 47 provinces due to El Niño this year.
According to its forecast, the first months of the year will likely be more sweltering compared to the same period in 2018 because of lessened rainfall and dry winds caused by the weather phenomenon.
The public should conserve water as early as now, the state weather bureau advised the public, noting that the dry spell has 70 to 80 percent chance of occurring.