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Compostela Valley prepares for disaster

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (7 September) -- Governor Arturo T. Uy recently convened the provincial disaster coordinating council (PDCC) of Compostela Valley to map out measures to save the province from unexpected disaster.

"I know that our province is safe but it's good to be prepared," he said during the first edition of Kapihan sa Comval Wednesday during which he also presided the PDCC meeting.

Citing past experiences, he said the province had experienced landslides especially in some of its mining areas and flashfloods at its lowlands.

The meeting also took up reconstitution of its members and inclusion of the Compostela Valley Chamber of Commerce and Industry among its members.

Uy expressed his appeal to the inter-agency disaster body to adopt the recommendation of the Provincial Engineering Office to consider provincial roads as in a state of "imminent danger so we can move for its rehabilitation."

Among others, Uy is placing paramount importance on road rehabilitation and construction of access roads especially those roads going to the outskirts.

Along with his desire to prevent landslides, Uy said his administration will also place importance on environmental preservation which is part of the executive-legislative agenda of the provincial government.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno has encouraged local governments to either reactivate their respective disaster coordinating councils.

He made the call in line with the desire of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to strengthen coordination between the national and local governments to prevent large-scale disaster from happening and to immediately address the needs of local residents when calamities strike. (PIA XI) [top]

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