Ormoc City secures office equipment, documents

ORMOC CITY -- Local government workers have secured office documents and furniture ahead of Typhoon Ruby’s (Hagupit) landfall.

City Administrator Francis A. Pepito instructed department heads during an emergency meeting to advise the employees to cover the computer units with plastic and keep the necessary documents in a safe place.

Pepito wished to lessen the destruction that Typhoon Ruby would bring, citing the experience brought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) a year ago.

Yolanda destroyed a lot of office computers, documents and furniture aside from the infrastructures including the City Hall.

In a meeting, Pepito advised the office heads to park all office vehicles at the City Hall parking area for immediate deployment.

Online monitoring of the movement of Typhoon Ruby is flashed at the incident command center located at the city hall lobby.

The Ormoc rescue unit is now on alert together with the police and army at the command center.

Despite the suspension of office work, Mayor Edward Codilla issued office order Thursday for continuity of government services to ensure stability of basic services for social welfare and health.

The order directed “all offices/agencies that are directly involved in the disaster-risk reduction and management are hereby directed to maintain operations and render the necessary services from December 5 to 7, 2014.” (PNA)

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