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Kalinga prepares for disaster months

Tabuk City, Kalinga (19 June) -- In preparation for the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, Governor Floydelia R. Diasen called on the public to brace up for the occurrence of disasters in the coming typhoon months.

Diasen, in a memorandum order to mayors, provincial offices, national line agencies, non-government organizations, public and private schools, directed them to take steps or undertake appropriate activities that could awaken the consciousness of the people on the importance of being prepared for any calamity.

In one of her last directives before stepping down from her post on June 30, she stressed that heightened public awareness on disaster risk reduction, prevention, preparedness and mitigation could save lives and properties during a disaster.

Identified as a disaster- prone province, Kalinga has to prepare ahead to prevent heavy damages on life and properties during calamities particularly during typhoons when the province experiences flooding, erosion and epidemic, Diasen said.

This year's theme is "Pag Alerto, Malayo Sa Peligro", which aptly encapsulates the connotation of proactively cushioning the blows of nature; to be one's guard is a step away from danger.

The memo suggested activities, however, all concerned are asked to think of other activities in view of current developments on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Suggested activities included the hanging of streamers on prominent areas or in front of offices; motorcade on July 5; general cleaning of surroundings, clearing of clogged canals and waterways; updating of respective hazard map by identification of new discovered disaster prone areas, assessment of critical roads, bridges and landslide prone areas, inventory of disaster rescue equipments/facilities, reorganization of municipal disaster coordinating councils and disaster control group; conduct of evacuation drills; tree planting; IEC on epidemic preventive measures. (PIA) [top]

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