DAGUPAN CITY — Personnel of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here are still on duty even during the long holiday on the occasion of “Undas” due to the big number of visitors flocking to Pangasinan.
In fact, the PDRRMO on order of Gov. Amado I. Espino III, is on alert as some of the visitors may be trooping to the beaches to swim and cool themselves prior to or after visiting the tombs of their relatives in various cemeteries.
While the police in Pangasinan have deployed some 800 policemen on the streets to direct traffic, assist motorists and maintain peace and order, the PDRRMO is concentrating its forces on the beaches where some of the visitors may be heading.
Avenix Arenas, PDRRMO spokesperson, said personnel of the Water Search and Rescue (WASAR), with their respective rubber boats, are now on standby in all beaches and are now ready to respond to any kind of emergencies.
Arenas said a mobile clinic with an ambulance was set up by PDRRMO at the Lingayen beach, manned by personnel from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to give first aid to any beachcomber in distress or those who may suffer from rising blood pressure because of the heat of the sun.
Some policemen and army soldiers were deployed in bus terminals, malls, park and other places of convergence to prevent any untoward incident, including attacks by terrorists.
At the same time, Arenas announced that the no night swimming policy will be strictly imposed at the Lingayen beach starting at 6:00 p.m. daily to safeguard swimmers from possible drowning.
Arenas called on all LGUs in all the coastal towns and city to also mobilize their respective Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices during the “Undas” season to protect visitors. PNA-northboundasia.com