Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan called on the people of Pangasinan to prepare and be ready for the effects of disasters that may come even as he urged everyone to make readiness and preparedness a way of life to avoid the ill-effects of calamities due to climate change.
Baraan spoke before local officials of the province, members of the National Power Corporation,Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police during the one-day public information and education drive for San Roque Dam Operation last July 26 at the San Roque Power Corporation in San Manuel.
The public information drive conducted by the SRPC aimed to provide information on San Roque Dam’s emergency action plan, flood forecasting and warning systems, disaster preparedness, weather hazards and climate change especially that the rainy season has started and typhoons are expected to occur.
Baraan said “we should not blame anyone for the disasters that happened in Pangasinan during the past.” Instead, he urged everyone to make timely and accurate information and spread them out to others to help them improve their readiness and preparedness.
As this developed, PDRRMC OIC executive officer Fernando de Guzman who delivered the closing remarks exhorted the participants to re-echo to their barangaymates what they have learned and gathered during the seminar.
De Guzman said “this is very important because it helps organize the actions of the people during crisis situations such as typhoons and other calamities.”
The PDRRMC OIC also called on them to work together towards having a better community and a safety place to stay.
Participating municipalities include towns especially those along the Agno River who are the most affected during typhoons.
These municipalities are Alcala, San Nicolas, San Manuel, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, Rosales, Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Bautista, Urbiztondo, Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon, Lingayen, Balungao, Laoac, Mangaldan, San Fabian and Manaoag. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)