The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is set to undertake various significant activities that will highlight the importance of disaster Risk Reduction and Management as the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) kicks off on July 9 at the Capitol Plaza or at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here in case of inclement weather.
Ret. Col Fernando De Guzman, officer-in-charge executive officer of PDRRMC said the activities will include the hanging of NDCM streamers on strategic areas within the Capitol Complex, conduct of Tsunami Drill in Barangay Tobuan, Labrador next month, continuous implementation of the massive clean-up and dredging operations in Pangasinan rivers and tributaries, and public information drive and seminar on San Roque Power Corporation and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on San Roque Dam’s Emergency Action Plan and Flood Forecasting and Warning System on the three major river systems in Pangasinan.
In line with the upcoming celebration, Acting Vice-Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, called on all PDRRMC member agencies and offices to a coordinating conference to update the council on their operational readiness and capabilities in cases of disasters on June 26 at the PDRRMC conference room, Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.
Calimlim recalled that the occurrences of calamities in the past years left the province of Pangasinan with numerous casualties and billions of damages in infrastructure and agricultural products.
Towards this end, De Guzman said the PDRRMC has formulated its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRMS) with great emphasis on DRRMS Operational Preparedness.
At the onset of the rainy season, the PDRRMC has started purchasing additional equipment that can be used during calamities or disasters.
De Guzman said the equipment amounting to some P400, 000 include 2 portable generator sets, 10 portable searchlights, 4 sets of megaphones, 2 machetes, 2 chainsaws, 8 units of handheld radios, 3 portable stretchers, 2 waterproof tents, 5 shovels, 40 sets of safety vests in addition to the existing 30 sets and 3 units of Pick mattocks.
Said equipment were funded under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, De Guzman revealed.
Just recently, the province acquired an automated weather station (AWS), a modern weather tracking device that measure weather-related factors.
The AWS is capable of measuring rainfall, wind speed, air pressure, wind direction, relative humidity, air temperature and other weather parameters that will help the PAGASA in arriving at an accurate weather forecast.
The Office of the Civil Defense is also providing rubber boats for the province and some municipalities of Pangasinan. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)