BAGUIO CITY, July 13 (PIA) – – Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol presided today a Pre – Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting with the council’s response cluster member agencies and officials of the provincial/city DRRM offices in the region in preparation for the possible effect of Tropical Depression Carina in the Cordillera.
Mogol thanked the members of the CRDRRMC and the local DRRM offices for their pro –active actions against the COVID pandemic and calls for a continuing momentum in the implementation of a dual – front, or for a simultaneous monitoring and preparedness actions for the possible effect of TD Carina in the region.
“We are in a most trying time kaya natin to basta tulong – tulong tayo,” Mogol said.
He reminded the members of the CRDRRMC Response Cluster and local DRRM offices to also prioritize the COVID – 19 minimum health standards and safety protocols while doing their mandate or response actions against hydromet or typhoon – related hazards.
In the PDRA meeting, Larry Esperanza of PAGASA – Baguio reported that TD Carina is forecasted to bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains in the region, so people must be wary of heavy or prolonged rainfall as it may cause flooding and landslides.
As of 2:00pm, PAGASA weather bulletin, Carina was estimated based on all available data at 200 km East Northeast of Tuguegarao City Cagayan and moving northwestward at 15 km/hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
For the CRDRRMC preparations, the OCD – CAR Emergency Operations Center is now on heightened Red alert and members of the Response Clusters and the different local DRRM Councils are also advised to synchronize their alert level.
On emergency response, Department of Social Welfare and Development – CAR Disaster Response Rehabilitation Section Head Geraldine Toyoken reported that a total of 5,587 family food packs and other non – food items were prepositioned in the different production hubs in the region. The office also maintains a quick reaction fund that can be used for any emergency.
For Cordillera road networks, Ruth Duyo of the Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR reported that all district engineering offices are already directed for the prepositioning of government and private – owned road clearing equipment to critical sections of national road in their respective area of responsibility.
At present, there are three national roads that are closed to traffic namely the Kennon Road for precautionary measure; the Lubuagan – Batongbuhay Road along the Chap –ay section of Balatoc, Pasil Kalinga due to landslide; and the Abra Ilocos Norte Road along Nagaparan Danglas, Abra, also due to landslide. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)