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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


Catbalogan City braces for disaster response

by Ninfa B Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan 12 (PIA)-- Catbalogan City is beefing up its disaster preparedness as the city has been experiencing heavy rains these past weeks.

Elliot Lopez, Disaster Risk Reducation Management Council Action officer said that they will hold a meeting tomorrow at the city hall to prepare mitigation strategies.

He also reported that two houses in Barangay Guinsurungan have been damaged due to movement of the earth, this he reported to the Office of the Civil Defense today.

“We have repeatedly warned these barangay folks to stay somewhere safe but sometimes they are obstinate and reason out that they will not sleep there, but I told them landslide does not necessarily occur only when they are asleep,” said Lopez.

He added that he instructed Barangay chairman Alfredo Piczon to monitor the place, Guinsurungan is the next barangay to Bunuanan, Catbalogan where a family and a boy perished in a landslide in October and November 2011.

“The city government is going to relocate them somewhere safe which the Office of the Civil Defense and the GTZ will support,” added Lopez, “but the LGU will still inspect both the relocation site and the present dwelling of these rural folks.”

In an earlier report, some 103 families from barangay Bunuanan have been recommended for relocation to safer grounds.

This will be one of the agenda in the meeting tomorrow which Mayor Ceofredo Uy will preside. (NBQ/PIA 8-Samar)

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