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CSF Relief Operations Ongoing; CDRRMC Reports Updates [ Thursday, 22nd of August 2013 | 4 years ago ]

During the operational briefing of the CDRRMC, Mayor Santiago empowered the members of the Council especially in being proactive in decision-making. “We will focus on immediate solutions and put everything under our control,” Santiago said.

The City Government took preemptive measures and engineering interventions at the San Fernando portion of the tail dike through sandbagging operations and dumping to reinforce the structure protecting the City from rising water levels due to heavy rainfall caused by Typhoon Maring and the southwest monsoon or habagat. The City Engineer’s Office has also initiated sandbagging operations at the Del Carmen Creek since yesterday.

Mayor Santiago inspected the said tail dike together with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), namely, Asst. Secretary Eugenio Pipo, Jr., Regional Director Antonio Molano, and Asst. Regional Director Loreta Malaluan.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure that Fernandinos are safe,” Mayor Santiago said during the on-site inspection of the tail dike which is being rehabilitated by 150 personnel under ‘food for work’ program.

A total of 15 evacuation centers are now fully operational as reported by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD). The following are the evacuation centers: San Agustin Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Quebiawan Elementary School, Sindalan Elementary School, Sindalan High School, Calulut Elementary School, Saguin Elementary School, Baliti Elementary School, Panipuan Elementary School, Panipuan High School, Telabastagan Elementary School, Del Rosario Elementary School, Maimpis Elementary School, Alasas Elementary School and De La Paz Norte Elementary School.

We have sufficient relief goods for our evacuees. As of August, we have packed 1,900 relief packs, each containing noodles, rice, groceries, and sanitary kits,” the CDRRMC said in a statement. The CDRRMC targets a total of 10,000 relief good packed and ready to ready to be distributed by today.

As of August 21, the City Health Office has attended to 393 cases. “We have our Emergency Medical Services team on standby and our doctors are on call,” City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino said.

Families from low-lying areas are still discouraged from returning to their barangays. “We will consult barangay captains to ensure that it is safe for them to go back to their homes,” City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco said.

As of press time (August 22, 12:30am), a total of 1,385 evacuated due to the disaster. Initial relief assistance and food have been given to all evacuees served on-site and off-site. Level of floodwater in major thoroughfares, including the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) Dolores intersection already subsided.

The City Government is eyeing a long-term solution to mitigate flooding in areas frequently affected by heavy rainfall and typhoons. “We will coordinate with other government agencies such as the DPWH and our private partners to solve our perennial problems during the rainy season,” Mayor Santiago added.

The Heroes Hall houses the CDRRMC operations center and evacuees’ staging area, and centralized donation site. The public is provided with accurate and timely information through television, radio, print, web and social media accounts managed by the Local Government Unit. ---CSF-CIO

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago reconvened the Emergency Operations Center of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of San Fernando, Pampanga to assess the situation in the City.

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