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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PDRRMC to conduct tsunami, earthquake drills in Zambo. Norte’s coastal barangays

By Alfonso T. Ruda

Dipolog City - The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is slated to conduct tsunami and earthquake drills in all coastal barangays in Zamboanga del Norte this year.

Ryne Bustillo, PDDRMC planning officer-designate, said this year’s activities aim to keep the people aware and prepared against any untoward incident.

“We started this advocacy campaign last October and have already conducted symposiums and drills in all barangays of Jose Dalman and in barangays Silinog,Taguilon, Canlocani, Tag-ulo, Ginputlan,Baylimango, Banbanan, Carang of  Dapitan City,” Bustillo said.

Earlier Governor Roberto Y. Uy had asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to grant him authority to apply for a P500-million loan with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to augment the disaster preparedness capabilities of the province.

During the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Vice Governor Senen O. Angeles explained to the board members the importance of securing the loan, as he reminded them of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City in November 2013.

With the new climatic condition, Angeles said, everyone has to be prepared and equipped to face man-induced or natural calamities that may hit the province more especially that Mindanao has now become an entry point of typhoons.

The proceeds of the loan will be used for the purchase light and heavy equipment and for the construction of bridges, water facilities and covered courts which will be used as evacuation centers.

In the meantime, Board Member Crisologo A. Decierdo has moved to refer the governor’s letter request to the committee on finance for further study, as the province has still an outstanding loan with the said bank.

It can be recalled that PDRRMC has also been an active in the climate change adaptation and mitigation campaign held in the different schools in the province in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)