Benguet Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairman Governor Melchor Diclas led the Pre-disaster Risk Assessment meeting on Friday with the department heads, line agencies and other officials of the province to ensure preparation of the different sectors and stakeholders for typhoon Ambo.
Diclas reminded the municipal local governments to conduct pre-emptive evacuation as early as possible particularly in identified vulnerable areas and danger zones such as those which are frequently hit by landslides and swelling of water bodies.
He reminded that in the conduct of the evacuation and at the different identified evacuation centers, precautionary measures with regards to the COVID-19 such as social distancing, wearing of facemasks and health and hygiene etiquettes should be practiced.
PDRRM Officer Rosemarie Melecio said that they are closely coordinating with the different municipal government units to ensure that they also have conducted their PDRA and other necessary measures.
The Department of Education-Benguet assured that their school buildings are ready as always to serve as evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Juana Banaue said that food packs have been prepositioned to cater to the needs of those who will be affected by the typhoon. The DSWD-CAR has also pre-positioned family food packs in the different provinces.
The Benguet Provincial Police Office assured that though they are manning the different control checkpoints and quarantine checkpoints, they are ready to respond to any incident that may occur as the typhoon hits the province.
The Department of Public Works and Highways – Benguet District Engineering Offices 1 and 2 also assured that their heavy equipment and personnel are already pre-positioned to conduct clearing operations and ensure that roads within their jurisdiction will remain open during the typhoon season.
As precautionary measure, Kennon Road along Tuba on Thursday was closed to all types of vehicles to avoid accidents that may occur due typhoon Ambo.
As of the May 15 5:00 PM PAGASA bulletin, Benguet and the rest of the Cordillera provinces are under Signal No. 2. (JDP/RMC –PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis