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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Floods test Comval’s new emergency response unit

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 3 -- The spate of flooding which hit the Compostela Valley Province area has tested the capabilities of its fledgling emergency response team.

The newly-formed Emergency Response Team which just completed its WASAR or Water Search and Rescue Training were deployed in the December 16 flooding in the municipality of Compostela.

It can be remembered that the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, Astronomical Servises Administration) hoisted Storm Signal no. 2 in the provinces of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong.

Heavy rains brought about by the storms brought flooding in several areas across Compostela Valley particularly the municipality of Compostela, which trapped several families. Using the three provincial government’s rescue boats the already mobilized rescue team saved about 100 families during the flashfloods that inundated Purok 13 Centennial in Compostela town.

Also, last December 27, the team rescued 33 families also in another flood that struck Compostela Town. Another 40 families were also rescued in Montevista.

The ERT was formed by Governor Arturo T. Uy as a quick response mechanism during disasters and calamities particularly flash floods and landslides which regularly occur in the province.

The team is composed of selected employees of the provincial capitol and are trained in Medical First Responder (MFR), WASAR and Mountain Search and Rescue. (PIA RG Alama/IDS Comval Gilbert Cabahug)

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