ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, September 14 (PIA)– All 14 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) of Rizal Province are now activated for the onset of Typhoon Ompong, according to a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
Government units such as the Provincial Health Office, Social Welfare and Development Office, and General Services Office were issued orders to prepare for any necessary response measures.
Authorities said local weather bulletins are also frequently cascaded to LDRRMOs and PDRRMC members even as operation centers in the city, municipal, and barangay levels are activated.
Search and Rescue, Medical, Communication, Road Clearing and Emergency Engineering, and Mobility/Transportation Teams were alerted while the critical items such as water, food, and non-food items, medicines, and backup power are secured and stockpiled, the Rizal PDRRMO added.
Part of the preparedness is the prepositioning of trucks, rubber boats, and other heavy equipment to facilitate quick action.
Advisories regarding installed billboards were circulated while coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways was conducted regarding ongoing projects and possible road impediments.
The PDRRMC also coordinated with Manila Water Company to ensure a stockpile of potable water while MERALCO was sought to trim down trees and cut possible powerline obstructions.
Evacuation centers were opened to provide temporary shelter for highly vulnerable communities such as river banks, shorelines prone to flashfloods, slope areas prone to landslides, and other areas of concern.
Pre-emptive evacuations were earlier conducted in Binangonan, Rizal due to the landslide threat in Brgy. San Carlos. At least 14 families or 67 individuals have been evacuated to the Brgy. San Carlos Covered Court.
In Brgy. San Jose, Rodriguez, 175 families or 875 individuals have been evacuated to the Kasiglahan Elementary School Main.
Fifteen families or 43 individuals have been evacuated to the Sto. Nino Integrated School in Brgy. Sto Nino, Tanay while 24 families or 99 individuals from Brgy. Dolores, Taytay have been evacuated to Purok 1-B, Hapay na Mangga.
In Brgy. 2nd District, Jalajala, 56 families or 192 individuals have been evacuated to the Brgy. Hall/ Old Municipal Hall.
A total of 284 families in Rizal Province have been evacuated consisting of 1,277 individuals as of 8:30PM, September 14.
Meanwhile, the Rodriguez MDRRMO was alerted of a reported tension crack in a junction of a tributary in Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez.
The Provincial DRRM council earlier conducted an Emergency response meeting in Antipolo City where the LGU issued orders for the CDRRMC and Barangay DRRM members to be on alert as early as September 10 to provide early warning to low-lying and flood prone, landslide prone, and flashflood prone areas.
The city government also convened for a pre-disaster risk assessment to discuss issues such as the activation of the City Incident Management Team, Search and Rescue Teams, evacuation centers, and stockpiling of goods.
Typhoon Ompong was also discussed during the third quarter Peace and Order Council meeting so that barangay chairs are reminded of necessary preparations while an inventory of resources available for deployment was conducted.
Regular advisories and early warning messages to council members, BDRRMCs and the public are disseminated by the city government through SMS and social media. Classes were suspended for both public and private schools in the entire province for September 14 while the City of Antipolo and the Municipalities of Cainta, Rodriguez, and Binangonan suspended classes until September 15. (GG, PIA4A with reports from Rizal PDRRMO and Antipolo CDRRMO)
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