LUBAO, Pampanga -- Some 265 households in Barangay Bangcal Sinubli were tagged by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to enable rescuers to deliver quick emergency response and evacuation in times of calamities and disasters.
Dubbed as “House Tagging”, it will target households with priority populations such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and children. They were given a “Priority House Tag Plate” as guide for rescuers during evacuations.
This is in line with the commitment of Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda in securing the safety and welfare of residents living in high-risk communities.
PDRRMO head, Angie Blanco, led the house tagging together with local disaster and emergency response stakeholders.
According to Blanco, the move is an initiative of the provincial government to reduce the impact of hazards and to increase the resiliency of citizens living in hazardous coastal areas.
The house tag features three stickers: red, orange, and yellow.
The red house tag is for households with sick and PWD members, the orange for those with senior citizens, and the yellow tag for homes with pregnant women and children below 11 years old.
“Our governor wants to prioritize these people who are living in the coastal areas because they are prone to storm surges and tsunamis that pose a threat to the lives of our kabalen here,” Blanco said.
“These signal plates are very important for us, especially during evacuation time. Rescuers need guidance to speed up rescue operations because the elevation of water in our barangay rises up quickly,” Rowena Toleda, 58, resident from Barangay Sinubli said.