PDRRMC Heightens Alert on Disaster Preparedness
Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo warned provincial officials that more intense rains are predicted tonight (August 7) and all day tomorrow (August 7) in the provinces of La Union, Benguet and Pangasinan.
With this advisory, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan on instruction of Governor Amado T. Espnio, Jr. convened in an urgent meeting this morning (August 7) to heighten alert on disaster preparedness as heavy rainfalls and possible release of more waters from the San Roque Dam are expected to submerge low-lying areas in central and eastern parts of the province.
Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan with the members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and its attached agencies discussed operational preparedness and response capabilities of the province for the impending disasters due to the heavy rainfalls and floods.
PA Baraan instructed the PDRRMC to alert Local Government Units (LGUs) with the help Philippine National Police (PNP) Units in the province to intensify disaster preparedness for quick response to affected areas.
“Instruct LGUs of low-lying municipalities and cities in Central and Eastern Pangasinan to make ready their rescue and relief capabilities for the residents in those areas,” PA Baraan said.
Residents especially those in towns located along Cayanga-Bued River, Pantal-Sinocalan River and Agno River and in those villages lying in hilly areas susceptible to flasfloods are also advised to take appropriate actions.
Baraan mentioned that another threat for towns and cities in eastern and Central Pangasinan aside from the continuous heavy rainfalls brought by the monsoon, is the massive release of waters from San Power Corporation (SRPC) Dam that greatly affect low-lying towns in eastern Pangasinan prone to flooding like of San Fabian, Mangaldan, San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta. Maria and Rosales.
“SRPC has violated protocol in the release of waters from the dam and we will file a case against the corporation,” Baraan said.
Baraan likewise mobilized the PDRRMC to be prepared in all angles, quickly response, disseminate information regarding impending disasters, reach out Pangasinan residents needing rescue and relief and be preventive on the occurrences that this hazard may bring.
Also on standby are Police stations as command posts and coordinating centers for PDRRMC and Municipal Disaster Risk Reducation Management Councils (MDRRMCs).
“All mountainous areas in the province most especially in towns of Bugallon and Labrador are vulnerable for fashfloods that’s why we have to alert the residents living in the area to prepare themselves or even evacuate in safer places,” Provincial Police Director Mariano Luis Versoza noted.
As of presstime, the town of Calasiao is now partly submerged in rainwaters as 9 barangays (Talibalew, Lasip, San Vicente, Banaoang, Mabini St. Poblacion East and West, Sitio Pandayan in Gabon and Quesban) were reportedly penetrated by flooding.
Reports from LGU Calasiao noted that 55 families with 251 persons have been evacuated at Calasiao Aliguas Training Center in Poblacion West. (PIO/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)
To my family, friends and the rest of Kalongkong Community please take any extra precautions going out your houses as I know every time there’s heavy rains, typhoons when San Roque Dam opens its spill way gates our areas gets flooded especially those near the Kalongkong Bridge see picture above. I know for kids its a once in a lifetime pool and teens flocks there to swim in the creek (which I did too) but still please be very careful.
Stay Safe Folks! Share this information, spread the word and be always ready! Thanks!
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