BANGUED, Abra, Sept. 14 (PIA)– “We need timely and accurate reports from the local disaster risk reduction and management councils(LDRRMCs) so that concerned agencies could appropriately address their needs and problems from rescue operation, to evacuation and until the rehabilitation stage.”
Provincial Administrator Michael Ronald Bersamira stressed this during the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council meeting (PDRRMC) on Wednesday in preparation for typhoon Ompong.
“We are liable to whatever happens to our people during calamities if we do not do our responsibilities in preventing the impact of disaster, so we need to attend to all our concerns so that we could act appropriately as a body in terms of response as well as rehabilitation of the victims,” he said. But timely and accurate reports from the LDRRM officers are needed for appropriate response, he added.
Bersamira directed PDRRM Officer Elmer Bersamin to closely coordinate with the municipal DRRMOs for their prompt submission of accurate damage reports to the PDRRMC. He also reminded the information in the OPCEN Bulletin should be updated every three hours for everyone to see and make sure that reports sent to the Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera tally with what are written on the bulletin board.
Status check was done with all the PDRRMC member-agencies who reported that their respective Quick Response Teams are prepared and on stand-by on a 24-hour basis for immediate deployment, if needed.
Necessary facilities such as evacuation centers, communication gadgets, rescue and service vehicles as well as rubber and drum boats are ready for rescue operation. Heavy equipment of both the government as well as private entities such as pay loaders, dump trucks, backhoes and chainsaws for clearing operations are already prepositioned in the landslide-prone areas along the major road networks such as the Abra-Kalinga Road, the Abra-Ilocos Norte Road, the Abra-Cervantes Road and the Abra-Ilocos Norte Road including provincial roads.
Agencies involved in the provision of relief goods assured adequate stock pile. The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera has already prepositioned food and non-food items to the municipalities ready for distribution, with more stocks coming. The Office of Civil Defense has also given its share of relief goods; the Philippine Red Cross also has hot meals ready for the evacuees while the Metro Bangued Water District is ready with bottled water for distribution.
The Abra Electric Cooperative cautioned during the meeting that in case the winds will be too strong, ABRECO or the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines might shut down power to prevent further damage.
Members of the local media are all-out now with their information campaign to warn the general public of the possible onslaught of Typhoon Ompong which is expected to make landfall in Cagayan on Saturday, Sept. 15, so that they could take precautionary measures to save lives and properties. (JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)
Source: PIA Feed