South Cota­bato steps up prepa­ra­tion for La Nina

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GENERAL SAN­TOS CITY -- The provin­cial gov­ern­ment of South Cota­bato has stepped up its in­ter­ven­tion for the pos­si­ble on­slaught in the prov­ince of the pre­dicted La Niña phe­nom­e­non.

Mi­la­gros Lorca, head of the Provin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO), said Mon­day they are cur­rently mon­i­tor­ing vul­ner­a­ble up­land and low-ly­ing ar­eas in the prov­ince for the oc­cur­rence of se­vere floods and land­slides.

She said the prov­ince has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing spo­radic heavy rains these past days and such con­di­tion is seen to con­tinue in com­ing weeks.

Cit­ing ad­vi­sories from the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­mis­tra­tion (Pa­gasa), she said the “weak” La Nina was pre­dicted to start this month.

“We’re con­tin­u­ally mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and we have on­go­ing en­gage­ments to prop­erly pre­pare our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties for it,” she said.

Lorca said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment has a standby pre­pared­ness plan for La Nina, which is char­ac­ter­ized by un­usu­ally heavy rain­fall over a pe­riod.

The of­fi­cial said they have been closely co­or­di­nat­ing with the Mu­nic­i­pal and Barangay DRRM Coun­cils for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of prepara­tory mea­sures.

She said the iden­ti­fied flood and land­slide prone ar­eas in the prov­ince al­ready have dis­as­ter alarm and evac­u­a­tion sys­tems in place.

These cov­ers com­mu­ni­ties sit­u­ated in moun­tain­ous ar­eas and those near ma­jor rivers and trib­u­taries, she said.

Vi­cente Ay­on­gao, act­ing head of the Provin­cial En­gi­neer­ing Of­fice, said they have as­signed standby heavy equip­ment for im­me­di­ate de­ploy­ment dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

He said these equip­ment are lo­cated in strate­gic ar­eas within the prov­ince’s 10 towns and lone city.

“These are mainly as­signed in our con­tin­u­ing road main­te­nance works but they can be pulled out any­time for emer­gen­cies,” he said.

As a re­sult of the spo­radic heavy rains these past days, Ay­on­gao said they re­ceived re­ports re­gard­ing prob­lems with road net­works in the re­mote ar­eas.

He said they are cur­rently val­i­dat­ing these re­ports as re­quired for the de­ploy­ment of nec­es­sary equip­ment.

(Milo Brioso)

BAGUIO. Baguio City's grand Christmas tree was un­veiled on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, mark­ing the start of the yule­tide cel­e­bra­tion in Baguio.

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