|Masbate evacuation center|
Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Masbate
Police officers stationed at their respective municipalities have been assisting in implementing forced evacuation of residents to safer temporary shelters.
The City of Masbate has also secured relief goods ready for distribution, according to former city mayor and now Association of Barangay Captains president Socrates M. Tuason, who said through text messaging that 1,400 families composed of more than 7,000 persons have been evacuated to safe locations within the city.
Tuason said 390 families or 1,794 persons in his barangay evacuated at the Nursery Elementary School.
Aside from the coastal areas of the City of Masbate, other municipalities like Mobo, Uson, Dimasalang, Palanas, Pio V Corpus, Esperanza and Placer have coastal barangay residents who were forced to evacuate for fear of storm surges.
Police officers of Uson town assisted Municipal Vice Mayor Felipe Sanchez who initiated relief good distribution at the evacuation centers so as to secure the safety of his constituents.
Evacuation centers in Dimasalang are at the elementary schools in Barangay Gaid, Dimasalang Central School, Dimasalang Naitonal High School; in the municipality of Uson, the elementary schools in Barangay Miaga, Barangay Badling and the high school in Barangay Armenia.
In Mobo, the evacuation centers are the schools in Barangay Balatucan and in Barangay Marintoc.
Masbate City has the North and South Elementary Schools, Barangay Ibingay, Barangay Nursery and Barangay Magallanes.
The Provincial Capitol, Masbate City Colliseum and the office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Masbate are also being used as evacuation centers.
The Philippine Army stationed at Barangay Armenia and police forces keep on patrolling to implement forced evacuation,
At about 8 a.m. Saturday, electric power shut down in the second and third districts of Masbate.
However, Masbate City still has electric power supply. —By Norman B. Tamar (PNA)
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