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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


DavNor to prime barangays in disaster preparedness

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 03 (PIA)--After experiencing floodings, recently, Davao del Norte is stepping up its disaster preparedness initiatives at the barangay and even at purok levels.

In a press conference this morning, Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) Action Officer Sonio Sanchez bared plans of PDRRMC to capacitate even the puroks in preparing for and in responding to disaster.

He cited the plan as part of the thrust of the provincial disaster council for “zero evacuation and zero casualty.”

To achieve this, the PDRRMC wants to capacitate every barangay which it expects to organize their own incident command system, establish early warning system and be trained on rescue operations.

Such capacity building is expected to take off in identified flood-prone areas particularly in the 64 recently flood-affected barangays.

Sonio expected in depth discussion on disaster preparedness during the PDRRMC meeting next week with Provincial Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario, along concerns on disaster response, rehabilitation and mitigation.

Meanwhile, Sonio noticed a high degree of willingness among families in flood-prone areas to move out of their residences but he saw the need for an early warning system to prompt residents to take the necessary action amidst impending disaster.

In the same forum, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Liza Mazo said Davao del Norte’s disaster plan got tested with the occurrence of the recent flood.

However, she pointed out the need for upgrading of early warning system as “we are experiencing unpredictable weather conditions.”

She expected local government units to establish rain gauges and to shift from manual to automated warning system.

In encouraging households to become mindful of weather conditions, she urged them to watch news, not just “telenovelas”, and to prepare light emergency packs of food and other immediate needs. She also considered it wise to brief children on what to do during disaster.

Davao del Norte suffered P115,594,477 agricultural and P8,956,250 infrastructure damages when flood hit six towns from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, affecting 14,699 families. Portions of Kapalong, Asuncion, New Corella, Sto. Tomas, Braulio E. Dujali and the city of Tagum got inundated when floodwaters from major rivers Saug and Libogon overflowed due to continuous rains last December 26 brought about by low pressure area and the tail-end of the cold-front. (PIA-11/jean d. abangan)

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