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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012


Sta. Cruz on stand-by alert vs. LPA effects

by Carina L. Cayon

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 05 (PIA) -- The local government of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur has heightened preventive measures since Tuesday for possible landslides and flashfloods as likely effects of the Low Pressure Area spotted in General Santos City.

The LGU, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and barangay councils in Sta. Cruz have been on stand-by alert following a warning from the Office of the Civil Defense to landslides and flood-prone areas in the region.

Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Adelaida Badilla said that Mayor Joel Ray Lopez has issued orders to the MDRRMC and all the 18 barangays to be on stand-by alert and be ready with the necessary equipments and volunteers.

Badilla told the Philippine Information Agency that barangay captains, especially those in 11 coastal areas and other danger zones, were advised to alert their respective constituents, and to pre-position equipment, transportation and communication system.

The Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (BDRRMC) were directed to identify and prepare evacuation centers, to ensure stockpiles of relief goods, and to inform the MDRRMC for assistance and updates.

Badilla said that the BDRRMC was also ordered to make pre-emptive evacuation when the situation requires.

The mayor specifically advised coastal residents on Wednesday to evacuate from their areas after one and a half to two hours of heavy rains which could possibly hit the municipality, Badilla said.

Schools in the town were also asked to prepare to serve as evacuation centers when calamity strikes.

Badilla was thankful though that no calamity has struck the municipality amid the weather forecast.

As of noon today, the town has a sunny weather. PAG-ASA reported this morning that the LPA has dissipated.

However, the OCD has issued warning to LGUs identified to have landslide and flashflood-prone areas to prepare for the possible effects of the LPA.

Sta. Cruz along with the municipalities of Sta. Maria and Don Marcelino in Davao del Sur, was among the flood- and landslide-prone areas that OCD has continuously and closely monitored.

Badilla said that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau identified three landslide and flood prone areas in Sta. Cruz, namely: Sinoron, Coronon and Zone 3.

On January 17 last year, flashflood caused by heavy rains hit Brgy. Darong of Sta. Cruz and killed two kids and an adult.

It affected more than 800 families and made 279 families homeless in five puroks of said barangay. Damage to properties, infrastructures and agricultural crops has reached to P850 million. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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