PGMA to assess flood damage in Botolan with PDCC

August 10, 2009 10:24 am 

GUAGUA, Pampanga, Aug. 10 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will meet today with the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) of Zambales to assess the extent of flood damage and provide needed assistance to the thousands of affected residents particularly in the town of Botolan.

The President left around 3:30 p.m here on board the presidential helicopter to meet with the PDCC officials in Botolan led by Zambales Governor Amor Deloso, 1st District Rep. Antonio Diaz and Botolan Mayor Rogelio Yap.

Earlier, the President witnessed the mass oath taking of Lakas-Kampi coalition members of Pampanga in Barangay San Antonio, launched various infrastructure projects and conferred the Presidential Medal of merit to famous wood carver and ecclesiastical artist Willy Tadeo Layug in Barangay San Agustin.

After the PDCC meeting in Botolan, the President is scheduled to visit the thousands of affected residents in the evacuation center in Barangay Upper San Juan.

The PDCC officials will report to the President the extent of damage of the flooding last Thursday and Friday in at least 10 barangays in Botolan.

The more than 1.5-meter deep flooding in the 10 barangays was brought about by heavy rains and mudflows from the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo Thursday night that breached a wide stretch of the Bucao Dike. The barangays which experienced more than 1.5 meters of floodwaters are San Juan, Paudpod, Carael, Tampa, Pako, Beneg, Kapayawan, Bangan, Batonlapok and San Miguel.

A bridge in Barangay Carael also collapsed last Thursday due to the strong water current hindering relief and rehabilitation efforts in the northern part of the province. (PNA)

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