Santiago: ‘Emergency teams remain on alert’

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Despite zero flooding and no casualty reported after Typhoon Glenda pummeled this city Wednesday, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that its rescue, response and emergency teams will remain alert for any incidents that the storm-induced Habagat may bring in.

"Our teams and volunteers will remain on alert for any emergency that may crop in the next few days. Our people will keep manning their posts 24/7 and operations at city hall will continue especially in times like this when Fernandinos are threatened by disasters," he said.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Santiago told Sun.Star Pampanga that there was no reported flooding or casualties in the city's 35 villages.

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"We have 18 evacuation centers available but no family has been evacuated. Our relief packs have already been pre-positioned by the City Social Welfare Department. All roads are passable and water in our rivers, creeks and waterways are flowing steadily," he said.

Except for fallen trees, which have cleared as of press time, power outages from downed electric poles plagued some areas. However, at about 3:30 p.m., National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal said power in the city and most areas of Pampanga have been restored after re-energizing the Mexico-Clark PIMJU 69kV line.

At the Heroes Hall Emergency Operations Center, 441 personnel remain ready for deployment, together with five light vehicles, 12 rescue vehicles, one loader and 34 shelter boxes. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 17, 2014.

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