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DPWH-8 steps up disaster preparedness activities

Tacloban City (November 20) -- As part of its disaster preparedness program, the Department of Public Works and Highways in Eastern Visayas is vigilantly on-guard of the flood and landslide prone areas of the Region.

DPWH Region 8 Director Rolando M. Asis directed the conduct of inventory of areas which usually experience flooding and landslides as more rains are still expected in this last two (2) remaining months of the year 2010, report posted at the Agency website stated.

Director Asis instructed the installation of warning signs in areas identified as landslide prone to warn the public.

Field personnel risk and rescue teams were formed to ensure immediate response when emergency occurs. The rescue teams formed are directed to ensure 24/7assistance to motorists and general public during emergencies.

On the other hand, district maintenance teams are undertaking intensified de-clogging of canals and waterways to minimize if not prevent flooding particularly during heavy rainfall.

The DPWH in the Region is also soliciting public support against littering to prevent clogging of drainage systems. The Agency also advised people to be vigilant for advisories on landslides to mitigate loss of lives and damage to properties.

As part of the DPWH priorities and strategies in flood control and water-related projects set by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, the DPWH Region 8 will also adopt innovative technology such as geotextiles and coco-netting in their slope protection and soil erosion control projects.

The Regional Office will also coordinate with other agencies in non-structural measures such as slope management, community-based disaster management plan, solid waste and waste water management and relocation of informal settlers particularly along rivers and waterways. (PIA 8) [top]

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