THE Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council’s (CDRRMC) Committee on Disaster Preparedness met at the Penthouse of the City Hall on June 13, 2018, to establish plans and operations for Oplan Tag-Ulan.
“We are still expecting 10-13 tropical cyclones which may occur from June to November. This is why our city needs to have an emergency preparedness plan. Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (BDRRMC) should closely coordinate with us to plan for preventive actions and to promote readiness in the community,” Mayor Jose Espinosa III said.
A representative from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) discussed weather systems that may affect the country during the period of June to November; monthly rainfall forecast; and normal and actual rainfall recorded (mm) from January to June 12 this year.
CDRRMO Head Donna Magno said Early Warning System must be regularly monitored for immediate communication and information dissemination.
“The public must be informed in advance so that they can take action immediately. It’s our responsibility to identify flood-prone areas and the nearest evacuation centers available,” Magno added.
Among the identified flood-prone barangays are Aguinaldo, Burgos Mabini, Divinagracia, Jereos, Lopez Jaena Norte, Lopez Jaena Sur, Ticud, Banuyao, Sinikway, Don Esteban, Alalasan and Punong in Lapuz and Lapaz districts;
Oñate De Leon, Navais, Calahunan, Airport, San Rafael, Dungon C, Sta. Rosa, Taft North, Bolilao, Bakhaw, Pali- Benedicto, Guzman, and Tabucan in Mandurriao;
Calubihan, Desamparados, Dungon A and B, Tabuc Suba, Quintin Salas, Buntatala, Balabago, San Isidro, Tagbac, and Camalig in Jaro;
Barangays Sta. Cruz, Mohon, Sto. Domingo, Yulo Drive, Dulonan, San Jose, Sooc in Arevalo; and
San Juan, Kasing-Kasing, Taal, East Timawa, West Timawa, Katlingban, Compania Central for Molo and Zamora Melliza, Rizal Ibarra, Gen. Hughes, Santo Rosario Duran, and Veterans Village in City Proper.
The CDRRMC is set to meet these barangays on June 22 while a memorandum will be issued by the Office of the City Mayor directing barangays to prepare their disaster management plan for Oplan Tag-ulan. (Thessalonia Ordales/Iloilo City PIO)