Valley reports zero casualty

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Officials in the valley reported zero casualty and injury during the wrath of Typhoon Glenda, which battered southern and parts of northern Luzon.

Yoshio Labi of the local disaster committee said safety for all 16 barangays was observed in the past week, making coordination with disaster teams easier.

Labi said designated point persons on the ground were prepared for the anticipated disaster the typhoon would give and were quick to inform residents.

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With Benguet province no longer having a storm signal, Labi deactivated the operation center, leaving the town unscathed in one of the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.

Meanwhile in Sitio Little Kibungan, which was earlier identified as a high-risk area, was likewise unscathed by the storm.

Village chief Sonny Balanoy said a zero casualty and injury has been noted in the area owing to preventive measure and cooperation of local folk.

He said people in the area are now highly cooperative in terms of heeding advice to evacuate and leave their areas when danger is suspected.

Balanoy on Wednesday afternoon, gathered residents and village folk to reecho preemptive evacuation plans if needed.

He faced residents of Little Kibungan and stressed how important quick response to calls for flee were imperative to safety.

He was satisfied with response of residents, saying, "Masunurin sila at cooperative sa authority."

Over 100 families live in the area with over 100 structures built in what is tagged by the government as high risk areas prone to landslides and flooding.

In Barangay Puguis, evacuation centers have been designated as well as division of work when disaster comes, itemizing teams which will work on distribution, preparation and delivery of relief.

Blankets, food packs and cooking duties have been laid out before the storm entered the province, giving village leaders a head start in preparation.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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