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PIA Press Release
2009/10/16

Heed warning on disaster - OCD 6

Iloilo (16 October) -- Much can be benefited if the public heed early warnings on impending disasters, said Civil Defense regional director Rosario Cabrera in her radio appeals as the weather continues to be volatile in the region.

Cabrera said that Malacanang and the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) have been urging the Filipinos to prepare for calamities yet to come because of climate change, to prevent immense loss of lives and properties.

She also said that the different Disaster Coordinating Councils (DCCs) in all levels are alerted and they know what they are supposed to do to help the people.

"But the public, especially those in landslides and flood-prone areas, should be extra alert on weather changes, and should follow advice to evacuate as needed," Cabrera said.

Cabrera said that it has been noted by various disaster bodies in the province of Iloilo, that waters tend to swell in rivers because of heavy intermittent rainfalls these past few days and landslides are common in areas identified as hazard-prone.

She added that the local officials from the municipal, city and barangay levels are tasked to undertake continuous information dissemination and education activities to keep the people informed of impending calamities.

Recently, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 6 has released its findings on the rapid geohazard mapping it has undertaken, identifying the various flood-prone, landslide prone and other disaster-prone areas in the region.

MGB 6 chief Leo van Juguan said this has been among the top priorities of his office as climate change impacts become more adverse. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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