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PIA Press Release
2007/09/25

OCD, Philvocs conduct tsunami drills in Tolosa, Abuyog

Tacloban City (September 25) -- Two tsunami drills will be conducted on separate dates at two barangays in the province of Leyte, in connection with the community-based early warning system for tsunami in the province which is being implemented under the READY project of UNDP and NDCC.

During the press conference conducted at the Office of Civil Defense on September 24, Mr. Erlinton Olavere of Philvocs, the team leader for the province of Leyte explained to the media about the Project READY tagged as Hazards Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management.

The two pilot areas for Tsunami community-based early warning system are barangays San Roque in the municipality of Tolosa and Bulak in the municipality of Abuyog.

Tsunami Hazards Mapping has been conducted separately in the two pilot barangays. Ten tsunami signages have been installed and the evacuation areas have been identified. These are open areas which are located in high grounds.

The signages lead to where the evacuation area is located. Tsunami drills are important so that the people will internalize what they should do in times of emergencies especially local tsunamis which usually occur after strong earthquakes.

The Team noticed that there are already improvised bells in the barangays. These will be used as the warning system but the barangay folks must decide the sound that will tell everyone that there is a danger of tsunami.

Although there are only two pilot barangays in the province of Leyte, the other areas will also observe what will be done during the drill so that they can also replicate the drill in their respective areas, Director Estudillo said.

On September 25, the Project READY team will conduct lectures to the people of the Barangay San Roque. Early morning of September 26, the drill will be conducted and will be observed by the media and the other local government units.

Barangay Bulak which is a remote barangay of Abuyog could be reached by going through Silago, Southern Leyte. The drill there will be conducted on September 28, Director Estudillo said. (PIA 8) [top]

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