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Vizcaya preps for 'OPLAN Tag-ulan'

Philippine Information Agency
19 Jul 2019, 22:38 GMT+10

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, July 19 (PIA)--The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC) here assured the availability of resources in preparation for the 'rainy months' that can trigger flash floods and landslides in the province.

Robert Corpuz, PDRRM Officer, said a recent PDRRMC meeting has put the various resources of the members into a unified pool of assistance for possible calamities.

Corpuz also reiterated an appeal to all PDRRMC members to make their facilities and manpower available at all times, including their vigilance during the rainy season.

"We are appealing for your support and assistance for any eventualities that may put lives and or limbs of our fellow Novo Vizcayanos in danger," he said.

The PDRRMC meeting, presided by Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Carlos Padilla, was attended by various government agencies, civil society organizations and volunteer groups.

Flor Granada, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO), said that at least P1.5 million-worth of food and non-food items are already available while the heavy equipment of the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) and medicines of the Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) are also available.

"National agencies like the DPWH, NFA, NIA, PNP and the Army also assured and confirmed their readiness and cooperation during the rainy season," Corpuz added.

OPLAN Tag-Ulan which is contained in a recent memorandum of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) encourages all government agencies to prepare their resources during the rainy season.

Local chief executives are advised to convene their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) and conduct pre-disaster risk assessments especially in areas with high to very high susceptibility to floods, flashfloods, rain-induced landslides and debris flow.

The DILG also urged LGUs to utilize their 70% component of the LDRRM Fund for disaster preparedness and risk management activities.

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) regional office, 234 barangays in the province are under high and very high landslide susceptibility and 141 barangays are on a high and very high flood susceptibility.

Villagers and communities living in high and very high flood susceptibility are ordered to temporarily evacuate their abode for their safety during extreme rains. (ALM/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)

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