DAGUPAN CITY– The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) disclosed that the preparedness plan for the La Niña phenomenon is already in place.
“The provincial government, through the PPDRMO, are not shrugging their shoulders in regard to La Niña,” said Avenix Arenas, PDRRMO training and information officer,
Arenas, while praying that La Niña would not hit the province hard, vowed during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum the PDRRMO’s disaster plan, contingency plan, among other plans, are now ready for implementation.
She noted that stockpiling of relief goods and medicines have been taken care of by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Health Office.
Coordination in regard to evacuation centers are now being now arranged, she added.
As to procurement of disaster equipment, Arenas disclosed that the PDRRMO has three aluminum rescue boats, eight fiber glass rescue boats, all basic disaster, response, and clearance operations tools like hydraulic equipment.
“We’re also a recipient of the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) geocloud,” she said.
Last March, the JICA- sponsored project on the integrated geographic information system (GIS) products was launched in Pangasinan.
The project, sought to improve the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) of the province, particularly of three towns namely Lingayen, Binmaley, and Dagupan City, improves the capability of local government units in sharing DRRM information, evacuation, and instructions to achieve zero casualties on the ground.
In the same KBP forum, Arnold Santos, senior research scientist of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) satellite office in Urdaneta City, said the DOST has an ongoing disaster emergency warning system projects in Alaminos City and Mabini.
This warning system, in addition to the Project Noah website, is a disaster preparedness tool which uses water-level sensor.
Meanwhile, the PDRRMO, Arenas said, had been conducting site visitations and coordination workshops, in various towns to tackle the present issues as well as preparedness plans of each municipality/city.
A coordinating council meeting with PDRRMO member agencies will be held in July, she announced. PNA/northboundasia.com