PILI, Camarines Sur, Sept.13 (PIA) –Despite the predictions that Mangkhut’s path will not directly hit the Bicol region, Camarines Sur Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte don’t want to take chances. He directed the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) to immediately convene all the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers (MDRRMOs) and activate their respective Incident Management Teams.
Camarines Sur Vice Governor Fortunato Peña who presided the joint meeting yesterday, Sept. 12 at the Villa Del Rey Function hall here, conveyed Governor Migz’ message that every MDRRMO should come up with a well-prepared safety and emergency plan should the typhoon instead vent its force by pouring an unprecedented amount of water especially to the province’s low-lying and flood-prone areas.
Yesterday, Camarines Sur Incident Management Team (IMT) was activated and this morning, communication protocol was already activated in all municipalities, alerting the chief executives and MDRRMOs to plan out the mobilization of its personnel and ensure that disaster protocols are in place.
Environment Disaster Management Response Office (EDMERO) Chief Lucena Bermeo, as per the Governor’s order, also directed the MDRRMOs to help facilitate contingency activities and check on their barangay’s vulnerabilities and risks so that preventive actions can be implemented.
This afternoon, PDRRMC shared General Flood Advisory No. 1 for Bicol River Basin as issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) bearing the names of watercourses likely to be affected by possible flooding.
It includes the Bicol river and streams particularly tributary of Sipocot river; streams and river tributary of the low lying areas of municipalities of Libon, Polangui, Oas, Ligao, Bato, Nabua, Baao, Bula, Buhi, Iriga City, Pili, Camaligan, Bombon, Magarao, Canaman, Naga City, Gainza, Milaor, Minalabac, Pamplona, San Fernando, Calabanga, Cabusao, Libmanan, Sipocot And Lupi.
People living near the mountain slopes and low-lying areas near the above mentioned rivers and streams are also advised to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides, and the local disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned are advised to be alert and take appropriate actions.
As of press time, the following municipalities have already activated its Incident Command Systems (ICS); Cabusao, Ragay, Pasacao, Libmanan, San Fernando, Nabua, Iriga, Baao, Buhi, Bombon, Camaligan, Pili, Ocampo, Magarao, Canaman, Calabanga, Presentacion, San Jose, Caramoan, Garchitorena, Goa, Tigaon, Tinambac, Siruma and Sangay. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)
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