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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Civil defense office stresses proactive stance during natural calamities

by Aurora J. Casimpan

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 4 (PIA) -- The proactive actions of local government units (LGUs) during natural calamities resulted to less casualty.

So stated Rey Gozon, regional director of the Office of Civil Defense and regional chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC).

Gozon said that officials of LGUs now are inclined to be proactive rather than just be reactive during natural calamities.

OCD-8 has always aimed for “zero casualty” during an occurrence of calamity and has urged LGUs to be always on alert level from the onset of the first signal of a possible natural calamity like typhoon or flooding.

The strategy seemed to work as evidenced by figures given by the OCD. The recent flooding which hit Leyte and Southern Leyte has displaced 10,669 families consisting of 53,446 persons from the 10 towns of Leyte and the town of Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte.

The towns in Leyte affected by the floods were San Miguel, Alangalang, Abuyog, Tanauan, Tolosa, Javier, Dagami, Mayorga, Palo and Tabon-Tabon with the towns of Mayorga and Dagami having the most number of families affected by the flooding incident.

OCD has also reported that the flooding incident left two persons dead, one missing and seven others injured.

The regional Department of Social Welfare and Development has reported that 159 families in Southern Leyte were affected by the flood particularly those in Saint Bernard town.

These figures could have been more if the concerned local disaster councils have not been proactive in their stance, director Gozon said. (PIA-8)

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