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PIA Press Release
2009/10/20

DILG Region 2 calls for emergency meeting

Tuguegarao City (20 October) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government 02 (DILG) called for an emergency meeting recently with members of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 2 (RDCC2) designed to pro-actively strategize disaster measures for typhoon Ramil.

DILG Director Rolando Calabazaron said one strategy is the coordinated release of water lever condition report from PAG-ASA and Magat Dam, wherein on the basis of the water release and flood bulletin, the RDCC shall be responsible in the dissemination of advisories on the status of water level.

RDCC shall issue the alert call when necessary and the pre-emptive evacuation order to the Governor for proper pre positioning of assets and to the Mayors who shall make the "judgement call" based on advisories.

The Mayors shall call for the immediate activation or re-activation of the alarm call system and/or pre-emptive evacuation centers and shall order the Punong Barangays to establish an alert call system in the barangay which shall serve as the signal or warning call to the residents particularly on the status of water level.

The alert/warning devise may be in the forms of bells, "batingting", empty tanks or other indigenous and similar devices which may be utilized for its purpose to alert or warn residents.

The Punong Barangays shall ensure that the residents are educated and informed about this early warning calls to avoid chaos, confusion and communication gaps.

Calabazaron said the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire protection shall also utilize their patrol car alarm and siren or fire trucks to alert the pre-identified flood prone barangays in their respective areas of responsibilities.

In order to establish an orderly and systematic evacuation activities, all Municipal Mayors are enjoined to identify flood-prone barangays, and number of families and persons affected, Calabazaron added.

RDCC will also inform DILG of its course of actions to reinforce the activation of the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils (MDCCs) and the Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils (BDCCs).

RDCC will also coordinate with the media for the fastest and widest dissemination of advisories. (PIA 2) [top]

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