Gov't quick on rescue and relief operations
Tabuk, Kalinga (10 September) -- Government response during typhoons Ondoy and Pepang was quick and immediate. This was the general observation of affected families when asked how they were assisted during their time of need.
They said organized rescue teams and volunteers were on time when their settlements were flooded and shelters damaged. Particularly evacuated were residents of Isla, Laya, Balong located along the Chico river here.
Both the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) and the City Disaster Coordinating Council of Tabuk (CDCC) held emergency meetings to plan ahead before the typhoon struck the province.
Governor Floydelia Diasen, Vice Governor Jocel Baac, Sangguniang Panlalawigan and PDCC members after an emergency meeting were on ready mode for any emergency and call of duty.
According to Councilor Raul Albert, the local government unit (LGU) of Tabuk appropriated P300,000.00 for relief assistance to victims.
Relief goods were also distributed including those families affected by flooding in Liwan East, Rizal.
A medical mission was conducted at Pinukpuk during a state of diarrhea in Ammacian and Aciga. Government was in full force - Pinukpuk LGU, Office of the Congressman, Provincial LGU, Armed Forces of the Philippines attended to patients.
In maintaining roads, DPWH engineers were mobilized to man clearing of landslides in main road networks. With the help of private contractor equipments, the Tabuk-Bontoc road was cleared of landslides during the week-long typhoon.
The damaged Alliog bridge at Nambaran connecting Tabuk and Tuguegarao City was inspected for immediate repair. The damage was caused by the eroded protection wall of the approach'A' of the bridge creating an underneath cave-in due to water swelling; cracked wing wall and weakened foundation. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]