As the country braces for more frequent rains than usual, plant-owners should take extra caution, said the country's state weather bureau on Friday.
In a virtual press conference, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reminded plant-owners to take extra care of their plants as the country welcomes the 75 percent chance of a "full-blown" La Niña from October 2020 to March 2021. A full-blown La Niña would last at least five months.
"Kung sakaling sobrang lakas na nung buhos ng ulan, siyempre makakasira po ng halaman natin yun. Kaya kailangan humanap na tayo ng magandang area na kalalagyan ng ating mga halaman para di sila totally ma-expose directly," said Esperanza Cayanan, PAGASA Deputy Administrator for Research and Development.
While the rainy season could be beneficial for water-loving plants, the worst of what's to come could negatively affect their growth. She also advised against placing plants in flood-prone areas around the house.
"Sayang naman yung pinuhunan natin na mga halaman natin," she said.
Of course, the harmful effects of La Niña go beyond everyday plants.
In the same conference, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Usec. Renato Solidum, warned the country regarding previous disasters caused by the weather condition.
"Marami na tayong nangyaring disasters dahil sa La Niña. Nung 2005-2006 nagkaroon ng mga pagbaha at landslide sa Luzon. February 2006, nagkaroon ng pag-ulan ng sampung araw sa Southern Leyte na nagdulot ng Guinsaugon landslide kung saan higit isang libo ang nasawi," he said.
PAGASA said that the regions of Eastern Luzon, Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Mindanao will be most affected.
They called on Local Government Units to prepare evacuation plans that provide centers where physical distancing and health protocols for COVID-19 are still in place.