PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012
DavNor is back to normalby Romulo D. Tagalo/PIO-DavNor
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 02 (PIA) -- After a three-day wet Christmas, the struggle against turbulent flood water is finally over, especially for those in the low-lying communities in the province.
It recorded 2,470 families, who evacuated from the seven towns and one city in the province.
Of the total number of evacuees, 41 percent came from Sto. Tomas, 15 percent from Kapalong, 22 percent from Carmen, 0.8 percent from Asuncion, 1.6 percent from New Corella, and 18 percent from Tagum City.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Division under the Governor's Office reported neither casualty nor damage to public infrastructures, except for Sto. Tomas where a P4.6 million worth of damaged crops was declared.
No aggregate reports were released yet by concerned agencies.
After the rescue operations, the PDRRM has the whole day deploying relief goods to heavily affected areas.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene Semblante immediately responded to the request of two local government units for food augmentation. A total of 1,000 packs of assorted goods were distributed to Kapalong, while another 1,500 packs were delivered to Carmen.
OIC Governor Victorio R. Suaybaguio, Jr., and Carmen Mayor Marcelino Perandos personally supervised the relief operations.
While the rest of the province was flood-free already, the waters in Carmen have not yet fully run dry, being the catch basin of all the flood waters from the hinterlands.
Perandos was thankful to the Provincial Government for assisting their local Disaster Risk Reduction team, especially during rescue.
The RDR-SMART's two rubber boats and personnel from the coastguard and Office of Civil Defense have been helpful in getting isolated families to safety.
Suaybaguio has ordered concerned agencies to submit comprehensive reports to be presented to PDRRM Council Chairman, Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario next week. (PIO-DavNor/Romulo Tagalo)