PDDRMO: Prepare and don’t panic
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on Tuesday disclosed that Capitol is ready for the onslaught of severe Typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) and its possible effects on Pampanga when it slams Northern Luzon by Thursday.
PDRRMC head Angie Blanco on Tuesday told Sun.Star Pampanga that all necessary interventions have been made and measures are still in place after Typhoon Karen crossed Central Luzon over the weekend.
“We have pre-positioned all essentials like equipment, relief goods, sand and sacks for sandbagging and our provincial evacuation centers in the event we need to conduct pre-emptive evacuation in vulnerable areas. We are very much prepared for Typhoon Lawin,” she said.
Blanco stressed that disaster response and rescue operation centers are on alert 24/7 year-round, with well-trained rescuers in barangays and municipal DRRMs on standby as they wait for advisories from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa) regarding Typhoon Lawin.
“Our local government units as well as barangay officials are in close coordination with us. Even our private sector partners like BGC and PamCham (Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.) which lends Capitol heavy equipment and rescue vehicles are ready for any emergency. Aside from the Pagasa advisories, the PDRRMC also issues situational reports every eight hours,” she said.
The PDRRMC, Blanco furthered, is also monitoring the situation in coastal and upland barangays for possible flashfloods and landslides, as Typhoon Karen left some 38 Pampanga villages still underwater.
“We are closely monitoring coastal areas which are vulnerable to possible storm surges and landslide-prone areas like Arayat. We are also checking regularly floodwaters from Nueva Ecija which flow down to Pampanga River and affect Arayat, Candaba, San Luis, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol,” she added.
Blanco called on Kapampangans to always be prepared for any eventuality in case “Lawin” changes course and directly hits Central Luzon, Pampanga in particular.