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Mining sector unscathed by typhoon Juan; public advised to remain vigilant

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (22 October) -- Mining companies in Benguet are back with their normal operations as Super Typhoon Juan left the region with no casualty and minimal effect as far as mining is concerned.

According to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Clarence Baguilat Jr., all mining company are back to their normal operations. As per their inspections, even the tailing dams of all mines were left unscathed by the super typhoon, he added.

RED Baguilat also stressed that better preparedness and cooperation from the public and communities are big factors for the zero incident/casualty in the mining sector.'Preparedness is really the key. The mining sector was given advisory or warning early on and it is a big factor that the public really take on our advised. The media also play their part in warning or giving advisories to the public,' he added.

Meanwhile, Baguilat is advising the public to inspect trees inside their properties if they pose immediate danger to life and properties especially if there is strong winds.

Two of the five recorded casualties of typhoon Juan in Cordillera were accidentally pinned down by fallen trees.

'Isa ito sa laging tinututukan ng DENR, with the onset of rainy season. We are inspecting trees, if they pose immediate danger to life or properties. We also call on the public's cooperation by inspecting the trees inside their properties or they can also call for the DENR's assistance, in inspecting the trees, so it can be properly determine if such tree needs to be cut or just need a trimming. As much as possible we want to save the tree,' Baguilat stressed.

Baguilat is also reiterating the call for the public to help in clearing clogged drainage and debris and to heed geo-hazard warnings and signages put up by the DENR in areas susceptible to landslides and flooding and landfall. He also informed that the geo-hazard mapping of the region has already been completed.

He is reminding the public to remain vigilant with PAGASA's forecast that there would be at least five typhoons and more intense rains due to La Niņa before the year end. (PIA) [top]

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