Typhoon Ondoy's flood far from happening in Pangasinan-Guv

October 1, 2009 10:18 pm 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 2 — Governor Amado Espino vowed that the big flood that submerged many Metro Manila houses last week caused by typhoon “Ondoy” will not happen in Pangasinan.

Espino, in his "Lingguhang Talakayan sa Kapitolyo", assured that Pangasinan is blessed with Agno River, which has a catchment area of 5,952 square kilometers, that can catch large volume of water from the rains.

It is Agno River where all the run off water will go in case of rains while the Lingayen Gulf provides natural advantage for coastal towns like Binmaley, Labrador, Dagupan and others, he said.

The governor observed that during the massive flooding in Metro Manila, people have nowhere to go but climb to their rooftops. Rescue workers even had a hard time conducting rescue operations due to narrow streets.

“I think if that happens to us, we have many places to go to and responses by rescue teams to the flood victims will be a lot easier," the governor said.

He said however that despite its natural advantage to meet the threat of flood, the governor is still keen on doing disaster preparedness.

This is the reason, he said, that the provincial government is buying its own dredging machine soon which will be used in removing the materials that clogged in rivers even before San Roque Dam will release water.

The governor stressed that the provincial government has already started river clean-up drive dubbed “Ilog Ko: Aroen tan Bilayen Ko” and the dismantling of illegal fish pens and fish cages.

Espino likewise announced that the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) is also conducting disaster management trainings, especially to members of the local disaster coordinating councils, to make them self-reliant in times of disaster.

Last July, the PDCC has successfully held disaster preparedness simulation and drill at the San Jose River in Lingayen to strengthen the capability of Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils (BDCCs) to conduct rescue operations in rooftops, floating and drifting, and capsized boat situations and others.

PDCC Chief Paterno Orduña explained that when calamity strikes, the local disaster coordinating councils must be the first to respond in order to provide immediate assistance to their constituents.

But he cautioned the wrong perception that every time there is disaster, PDCC men are there to respond.

It is the mandate and job of the local disaster coordinating councils, Orduna said to be the first to responde and the PDCC will just help through coordination with the various agencies. (PNA)



9 Responses to “Typhoon Ondoy's flood far from happening in Pangasinan-Guv”

  1. Damon on October 8th, 2009 11:12 pm

    Eat your heart out Governor na pulpol! I just heard you on the radio (DZMM) calling for more rubber boats dahil ang mga tao ay nasa bubong na nila. Wala kang pinag-iba kay GMA at Gibo dahil nauna ang hangin mo kesa sa aktwal na ginagawa! Magbitiw ka na!

  2. Adrian on October 9th, 2009 9:35 am

    LOL I just heard people are already on top of their roof and that children are dying. Nice one Gov.

  3. al dave on October 9th, 2009 4:52 pm

    This is one bad lesson to our trapos whose mouths are miles & miles faster than their brains!

  4. catch on October 9th, 2009 4:53 pm

    I dont see anything wrong with this. Ikaw kaya lumagay sa katayuan nila. Use your brain jerk. What the governor has said was totally right. That Pangasinan has Agno River and that rain water will flow through and will exit in Lingayen gulf. He never said and speculated that Bingay and Ambuklao dam which are located Upstream of San Roque dam would collapsed giving too much pressure to San Roque dam in San Manuel. As a result San Roque dam needed to open its 6 gates to as high as 26 meters, and Agno river overflowed causing floods in Pangasinan. Alam mo ba yan Ineng! Mas delikado kung hindi sila magpakawala ng tubig dahil critical na sa maximum capacity ng dam!!!

    Nobody speculated it.!!! No matter how ready you are. Calamity will come your way and will devastate without you knowing it.

  5. ricoa on October 9th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Ano pong mga rescue or emergency hotlines sa dagupan or any rescue group dun. ASAP po.

  6. Noriel Garcia on October 9th, 2009 8:39 pm

    i just don’t know the exact situation there in Pangasinan since I am residing here in Quezon City. I just hope and pray that this devastation will not fall into worst. To our provincehood officials look down and try leaving your seats.

  7. cyrus acla on October 10th, 2009 1:38 pm

    it is high time to have reflection for what’s happening in luzon in general,as in the time of noah it was becoz of sin/s.REPENT AND BELIEVE IN JESUS OUR SAVIO AND LORD.CALL UPON THE LORD!

  8. cyrus acla on October 10th, 2009 1:46 pm

    let us all cry for GOD’S MERCY AND GRACE!for all those who are affected by the flood in general.

  9. Lee on October 11th, 2009 3:59 am

    Puro mga PA-POGI lang kasi mga yan… ayan tuloy…. ang bilis ng karma…