Central Luzon braces for ‘Glenda’

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) is currently on Blue Alert in anticipation of the effects of Typhoon "Glenda" in Central Luzon.

"Blue Alert means all member-agencies are on preparedness mode and are ready for eventual response and 24/7 operations," RDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Josefina Timoteo said.

Family food packs are currently prepositioned at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Humanitarian Response Depot inside Clark Air Base (3,000); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office (3,242); Aurora (2,000); Bulacan (1,000); Olongapo City (1,000); and Tarlac (1,000).

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Each pack is good for five persons.

The DSWD likewise readied family and sleeping kits for Aurora (800) and the other provinces (400 each).

The Department of Health, on the other hand, has prepositioned P1,050,000 worth of assorted medicines which were distributed to their authorized representatives as well as Provincial Health Offices.

“Our Armed Forces specifically the Northern Luzon Command, Army 7th Infantry Division, and Army 703rd Brigade has readied their 6x6 trucks for possible rescue and relief operations. The Philippine Air Force has committed its Sokol choppers for the same purpose,” Timoteo added.

On the part of Department of Public Works and Highways, it has activated the Disaster Task Force of its Regional and District Engineering Offices for possible clearing operations through placement of dump trucks and heavy equipment in strategic areas of national roads.

Meanwhile, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has issued a landslide and flooding threat advisory for Arayat in Pampanga; Subic, San Marcelino, and Castillejos in Zambales; and barangay Paltic in Dingalan and barangay Toytoyan in Dipaculao in Aurora.

Concerned local government units are advised to conduct pre-emptive evacuation on low-lying flood-prone and elevated landslide-prone areas.

Central Luzon will experience rains and gusty winds starting Tuesday and stormy weather in the evening until Wednesday. (CLJD-PIA 3)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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