BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) – – The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council convened an emergency full council meeting o Monday to tackle preparedness measures on the possible effects of a new weather disturbance especially in communities severely affected by Typhoon Ompong last week.
Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Ruben Carandang stressed the importance of prioritizing the safety of the people who are still recovering from the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong especially in Itogon, Benguet which Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau tagged as high risk areas for occurrence of another landslide.
The DENR – MGB Central Office brought in a team of experts to assist their Cordillera Regional counterpart in doing a geological study in the landslide areas in Benguet, especially in the municipality of Itogon where search, rescue and retrieval operations for persons missing in massive landslides in barangays Ucab and Loacan are still ongoing.
Supervising Research Specialist Liza Manzano, team leader of MGB Central Office group of experts, reported at the CRDRRMC meeting the high susceptibility to another rain – induced landslide Ground Zero in Ucab including the nearby residential areas.
For preparedness measures, Dept. of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director Janet Armas said Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso has approved the use of the provincial sports complex in Wangal, La Trinidad as an evacuation center. Tents are already available and ready for set – up.
Armas also stressed the need to identify other safe evacuation centers. Aside from the present evacuees in Itogon and other critical areas in Benguet that needed to be transferred, the number of families will increase if the residents in nearby critical areas will be evacuated.
Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Director Marlo Iringan also affirmed that local government units in the region are already alerted to implement pre – emptive evacuation in high risk areas in their respective localities.
For the Dept. of Public Works and Highways, Nelia Antonio also affirmed that their 63 road clearing equipment are already prepositioned and 148 more from their private contractors are ready for mobilization for any eventuality.
Dr. Alexei Marrero of Dept. of Health reported that medicines, medical supplies and hygiene kits are already prepositioned in the province of Benguet, Kalinga and Mountain province. For Abra, Apayao and Ifugao, prepositioning is set today and tomorrow.
Medical and coordination teams for each province are already on standby alert while rapid health assessment and psychosocial assessment teams are identified, in case they are needed for deployment.
Other council member agencies also assured preparedness in terms of emergency telecoms, logistics, law and order and other possible response operations that will be needed for possible threat of Typhoon Paeng.
Forecast for TY Paeng as of 10:00AM, Set. 25, shows that it continues to slow down while moving West-Northwestward, and may bring light to moderate rains on Friday. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
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