Misamis Oriental gets ready for ‘Domeng’

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Misamis Oriental has already made the necessary preparations in anticipation of the coming of Tropical Depression Domeng.

Edmundo Pacamalan Jr, PDRRM officer, said preparedness has been focused on the six villages in Gingoog City and one barangay in Magsaysay town that are most likely to get affected when Domeng makes landfall on Thursday.

Pacamalan said he has coordinated with the barangay leaders and for them to have their communications line open to address any eventualities.

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The PDDRMC has also distributed assorted medicines to the residents in those villages, and on Friday, foodpacks will be delivered to communities that will be affected.

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“We have also prepared our rubber boats, and search and rescue equipment,” Pacamalan told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in a phone interview Monday evening.

To respond to possible landslides and floods, the PDRRMC is also putting on standby mode the Provincial Government’s earthmovers like backhoes and dump trucks, he added.

Today, the PDDRMC will activate the operation centers in Gingoog, Balingasag and Tagoloan, and later this afternoon, the one at the provincial capitol.

Pacamalan said it was Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, the PDRRMC chairman, who ordered the activation of these operation centers, whose main task is to ensure that rescue equipment and relief goods are in place.

Once activated, department heads will take charge in running these operation centers on a 24-hour basis.

Pacamalan said local DRRMCs will initiate preemptive evacuation once water level in rivers reaches the critical point.

Residents in previously affected areas, he said, are already experienced and it is not difficult for the local governments to have them evacuated from their homes if there is a need for them to do so.

The province, Pacamalan said, has allocated P63 million this year for the PDRRMC’s use, with 70 percent of it for disaster preparedness and 30 percent for disaster response.

If the budget is exhausted, the Provincial Gvernment can make realignments to access additional funds.

Slowed down

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Monday that Domeng has slowed down since it entered the Philippine area of responsibility Sunday evening.

Daizyree Baran, Pagasa weather specialist, said on April 6, the wind speed was registered at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).

On Monday morning, Domeng’s speed was at 15 kph. Later in the afternoon, it went down to 13 kph.

As of Monday 4 p.m., Domeng was located 670 kilometers east of Davao City, with maximum sustained wind of 55 kph. It is headed in the direction of west northwest.

Baran said Domeng will make landfall in the afternoon or evening of Thursday, April 10, in the vicinity of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

“Butuan City and Caraga region will bear the brunt of the storm as it makes its way to the Visayas,” Baran said.

Butuan City is the regional seat of Caraga region, which comprises the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat.

Baran said the high mountains east of Misamis Oriental and Camiguin Island will offer some protection from the storm.

Baran added Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog and the rest of Misamis Oriental will experience light to moderate rain today.

The province, however, will have gusty wind aside from the rain, she added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 08, 2014.

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