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TURNOVER CEREMONY. Outgoing regional director Ma. Gloria A. Tango (2nd from right) and assistant regional director Joel M. Gonzales (rightmost) of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 handed the ISO certification to incoming regional director Chona M. Mantilla and assistant regional director Yahya “Yang” A. Centi on January 30, 2012 during the turnover of command of DOLE 12. Mantilla assumes as regional director on February 1. (DED/RTLacibal/PIA12)

PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Gov prods use of internet to monitor weather situations

by CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 4 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Sarangani has found the internet useful in monitoring weather situations in the country.

PDRRM Officer Buenaventura Solarte said Gov. Migs Dominguez has told him often to use all available technology like the internet to monitor weather condition such as the low pressure area (LPA) monitored in neighboring General Santos City.

He said LPA has affected the province but was happy to note that it is weakening by citing PAGASA’s weather bulletin.

“It is all cloudy here (Sarangani) but no rain,” said Solarte.

According to him, the province has been touching base with all the Municipal DRRMCs to ensure that all information and updates are properly coordinated at the barangay levels.

“It’s the MDRRMCs that the province is closely coordinating with since they are our partners in the ground,” Solarte told PIA General Santos City.

He said PDRRMO has activated all information links with all sectors such as the media, the Philippine Information Agency based here, the municipal information officers, and the MDRRMCs at the seven municipalities.

“We also advised people with no let up to be ready and opt for safety instead as well as warned fishermen to be cautious and not go fishing for the meantime,” he said.

Solarte acknowledged that people are wary about hearing weather forecast because of what happened recently to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities, which the provincial government assisted with some P500,000.00 worth of relief goods.

LPA, though not a typhoon, is basically threatening as it brings moderate to heavy rains and may trigger flashfloods and landslides in some vulnerable areas, he explained.

But “it’s a welcome development and we are thankful that there is no rain in Sarangani despite the existence of LPA.”

Solarte also hailed people in Sarangani for their continuous vigilance and high level of awareness on various situations around them. (CTA/PIA General Santos City)

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