Itu places city offices on standby 24/7 due to storm PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:02

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde has placed concerned city offices on standby round the clock to respond to any eventuality that may occur due to the continuing inclement weather experienced in the city since last week.

Iturralde on midnight Thursday did the rounds of the city together with personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to check on the situation particularly in flood-prone areas. The weather condition elevated to stronger winds and rains  Thursday midnight until early daw Friday.

“We are very thankful that not much damage has been caused by the weather disturbance,” Iturralde said citing incidents of uprooted trees due to strong winds Thursday night until Friday dawn.

Water level in major rivers such as Pasonanca, Tumaga and Tugbungan increased significantly but the same did not cause lives and properties.

With the prevailing weather condition, Iturralde appealed to all residents, particularly those residing along riverbanks and low lying areas as well as those staying along the shorelines and coastal areas or hillside to always keep safe by taking necessary precautionary measures.

The acting mayor said the City Government should be ready to respond to any emergency even as he also called for the support and cooperation of the Barangay Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs).

Among the offices mandated to respond during emergencies are the CDRRMO, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, City Engineer’s Office, General Services Office and the Mayor’s Office among others.

At least 4 houses and private structures were ruined due to uprooted trees in several areas in the city. 32 families also remain in the Flamingo covered cour in Upper Calarian following a landslide in Kapuk, Purok 10, Flamingo that destroyed 2  houses. Another house was also wrecked due to strong winds and huge waves along the coastal area of Sinunuc the other day.

The City Government has provided the necessary food and relief assistance to the affected. — Sheila Covarrubias