Province readies for rainy season
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) held a meeting presided by Governor Carlos M. Padilla on July 16 at the conference room of the NV Pasalubong Center to discuss on the “Oplan Tag-ulan” memorandum circular issued on June 28 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) released climate information for the months covering June to August 2019. According to the Seasonal Climate Outlook, the country will experience gradual shift from Northeast monsoon to Southwest monsoon (Habagat). The weather system that may affect the country are the easterlies, ridge high pressure area, intertropical convergence zone, low pressure area, SW monsoon and from 8 to 12 tropical cyclones. Moreover, near average to slightly warmer than average surface temperature is expected over the coming months in most parts of the country.
Local chief executives will be convening its respective LDRRMCs and conduct pre-disaster risk assessments especially for areas with high to very high susceptibility to floods, flashfloods, rain-induced landslides and debris flow.
The DILG advised LGUs to utilize their 70% component of the LDRRM Fund for disaster preparedness and risk management activities.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 02 had identified 234 barangays in the province with high and very high landslides susceptibility and 141 barangays with high and very high flood susceptibility. The MGB also advised to evacuate people living in identified areas with high and very high susceptibility during strong rains.
PDRRM Officer Robert Corpuz seeks close coordination with the PNP, Red Cross, Nuvelco, Radio Communication Groups, and other agencies. PSWD Officer Flor Granada also confirmed that P1.5 million worth of food and non-food relief are readily available. Heavy equipment are also ready from the Provincial Engineering Office, and the Provincial Integrated Health Office has also sufficient medicines available.
National agencies like the DPWH, NFA, NIA, PNP and the Army also assured and confirmed their readiness and cooperation during the rainy season. #bg