Pangasinan is disaster-prepared, says PDRRMC

DAGUPAN CITY, June 22 (PIA) — The Pangasinan provincial government is prepared to manage disasters particularly during typhoons, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) assured.

PDRRMC Spokersperson Avenix S. Arenas said the provincial government has been working on its disaster risk reduction management system for the last five years to achieve its goal of zero casualties during disasters.

According to Arenaas, the PDRRMC manages its operations thru the tactical operations centers composed of the central command located at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen town, Western Advanced Post command at the Philippine College of Science and Technology (PCST) in Alaminos City, and the Eastern Command at the PCST in Tayug town.

Arenas said that a total of 546 evacuation centers around the province have also been identified, and she encouraged the local governments to identify more grounds that will serve as additional evacuation centers.

Relief goods have also been stockpiled, she said during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency on Thursday.

The three provincial engineering districts have also been ordered to pre-position their heavy equipment for rescue and relief operations, she added.

Arenas also said that the PDRRMC is continuously augmenting its equipment and personnel, pointing out with the local offices and government agencies to discuss the matter next week.

The public should be more vigilant during disasters, she said as she advised residents from low-lying communities to engage in pre-emptive evacuations during typhoons.

She also warned the fisherfolks not to go offshore in case a gale warning has been issued.

Calling for community participation, she said, “the province cannot do it [disaster management] alone. We need force multipliers from the communities.” (ANL/ARRF/PIA 1-Pangasinan)

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