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RDCC-8 prepares Disaster Risk Management Plan to attain zero casualty

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (13 January) -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC-8) convened yesterday its technical working group to discuss parameters to address zero casualty for loss to life and property in case a disaster occurs.

According to Angel D. Gaviola, Regional Director Office of Civil Defense (OCD-8) "that nobody can tell what will happen in 2010", it is better to have a plan of action as early as possible specially a contingency plan so that there is a system of whatever the action a Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC), and Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council (BDCC) as the case maybe to combat any adverse effect brought about by the disaster in their respective area of responsibility.

Dir. Gaviola specifically identified that flooding and landslide are the common occurrence region 8 is hit that results from a high turnout of rain fall.

Majority of region 8 is a flood and landslide prone area as reported by Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB-8) thru its Geo Hazard Map.

Tacloban City a Highly Urbanized City (HUC) which is the center of commerce in region 8 is a flood prone area, and as reflected in the Geo Hazard Map, the vast of water supply that will create flash flood in the entire city will come from the mountain in Quarry District located at the compound of Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), one of the premier university in region 8.

A scenario has been made that if Tacloban City will be hit by a flashflood due to the vast water flow, Leyte Park Hotel located on a hill overlooking the beautiful San Pedro Bay and City Hall which is located at Kanhuraw Hill are two places that is safe to go which is located along Justice Romuladez Street.

With the past experience that damage to life and property is tremendous, Director Gaviola appeal to the Local Chief Executives to build a permanent evacuation center where people affected can be safe from the devastating effects as well as any assistance will be immediately given due to its readiness to receive and distribute. (PIA-8) [top]

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