LAOAG CITY, June 20 (PIA) — The province’s disaster management efforts got a boost from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) with the turn-over of 19 rubber boats to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC).
Undersecretary Benito Ramos of the OCD handed over the rubber boats to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in a simple ceremony earlier this week. The turn-over of the boats was covered by a memorandum of agreement.
Ramos said Ilocos Norte became a recipient of the rubber boats,after being identified as one of areas in the Ilocos Region as vulnerable to flooding.
The rubber boats are equipped with outboard motor and accessories. These are intended for rescue and relief operations in 19 towns which have been identified as flood-prone areas. Marcos said the boats would also be used in the province’s campaign against illegal fishing noting that the provincial government lacked the equipment capability in going after illegal fishers.
The PDRRMC has began alerting residents of the storm season with regular news bulletins on weather, including safety and preparation advisories before cyclones begin pounding the province.
Both the city and provincial DRRMC follow a protocol in convening the council each time severe weather disturbances occur.
The provincial capitol and the Laoag City Hall are immediately converted as rescue and relief centers the moment storm signals are raised.
Both councils have stockpiled on relief goods from food, water, medicine, and facilities for displaced families.
Laoag Mayor Michael Farinas has issued directives to prioritize displaced families in areas that are vulnerable to flooding. The city government has also alerted residents in coastal areas against storm surges during severe weather disturbance.
The PDRRMC is keeping an eye on several towns that are heavily flooded during cyclone occurrences, namely Paoay, San Nicolas, Dingras, Solsona, Bacarra, including Laoag City. (JCR/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)