Monday, January 13, 2014

Albay preps up for heavy rains, suspends classes

LEGAZPI CITY – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Albay has suspended classes in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten levels in the province today following threats of a moderate-to-heavy rainfall that may be brought about by a low pressure area prevailing in the vicinity of Surigao del Sur.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda, chair of PDRRMC Albay, has ordered the suspension of classes as a precautionary measure in view of heightened risks to public health, safety and welfare.

Salceda in the PDRRMC Albay advisory furthered advised local chief executives and local DRRMCs in cities, towns and barangays to closely monitor the above state of forecast events for its daily update and development from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) as well as provincial DRR authorities through the local DRRMCs and local radio stations.

The same advisory also directed concerned to activate and convene the local DRRMC as early as Sunday to discuss the matter and come up with a local scenario for advance planning on appropriate counter measures.

It also reiterated that local DRRMCs should review their respective local risk reduction plan on flood, wind, landslide, lahar and coastal flooding as well as the corresponding vulnerable population for disaster avoidance.

The same further advised authorities to start reviewing the list of vulnerable population groups by sub-villages and come up with the list as basis for evacuation planning.

In addition, PDRRMC Albay asked the local DRRMCs to come up with a listing of safe evacuation centers using government and private facilities, including safe private houses for effective evacuation planning.

The same advisory on the other hand advised residents of the vulnerable areas to keep on monitoring with the Pagasa Daily Public Weather Updates and Forecasts for information and awareness of disaster threats.

It added that residents must equip themselves with awareness on the local threats and hazards due to severe rainfall that may cause flash floods, flood, lahar, coastal flooding and landslides.

PDRRMC Albay also advised residents to maintain coordination with the local authorities and provide full cooperation with the local authorities in case of emergency advisory issuance, while the safe population to be supportive and generous to act as volunteers in helping the vulnerable population in the barangay in the event of emergency needs.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol meanwhile reported that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) allowed the 3,820 passengers stranded since Sunday at the Matnog port in Sorsogon to board their respective sea vessels about 7:00 am today after these were given a green light to sail.

Meanwhile, Pagasa has still hoisted a Gale Warning is still over Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, eastern coast of Albay and Sorsogon.

PCG has advised fishing boats and other small seacraft not to venture out into the sea while it alerted larger sea vessels against big waves. (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

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