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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012

OCD-Caraga intensifies monitoring of region’s disaster-prone areas

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- With the recent downpour in the city, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga is intensifying its monitoring of disaster-prone areas.

This came on the heels of a recent diaster that hit the country, particularly in Caraga's neighboring regions.

According to OCD-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Blanche Gobenciong, this will enable the OCD to constantly monitor and advise residents in disaster-prone areas to prevent loss of lives.

Gobenciong said the national government is aiming for a zero casualty every time a disaster is happening. “Thus, this is one way of supporting this objective of the government,” she added.

With this, the official said they are seriously monitoring these disaster-prone areas.

Specifically, Dr. Gobenciong said areas near bodies of water will be prioritized. He noted that the city is a river basin of the Agusan River.

“Lately, nakakaranas tayo ng mga pag-ulan dito sa ating rehiyon kaya pinag-igting namin ang pagmo-monitor sa mga disaster-prone areas tulad na lamang sa mga lugar malapit sa Agusan River kung saan base sa mga nagdaang pagbaha dito, malaki ang napinsalang kabahayan at ari-arian dahil nag-overflow na ang ilog,” Gobenciong said.

(Lately, we have experienced continuous rains here in Caraga Region so we have strengthened the monitoring of disaster-prone areas such as those in the riverbanks in Agusan River here wherein based on the previous floodings, more houses and properties were affected because the river had swollen and overflowed.) (PIA-Caraga)

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