PDRRMC braces ‘Butchoy’s’ entry in Isabela

June 16, 2012 1:06 am 

ILAGAN, Isabela, June 15 -– Though the province is not yet placed under storm signal, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has stepped-up measures to avert any possible effect of tropical storm "Butchoy" in the province Friday.

As precautionary measures, the PDRRMC has started repacking relief goods as of Thursday and some were already prepositioned in the evacuation centers at the four coastal towns of Isabela.

Provincial Administrator lawyer Noel Manuel R. Lopez said the move of the provincial government is to ensure that all future affected residents are safe and the needed food supply are already in place.

The early prepositioning of relief goods in the coastal towns will ensure that the residents have supply of foods before, during and after the calamity due to absence of roads in reaching the area.

The four coastal towns are Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue situated at the eastern part of Isabela.

Rescue personnel and equipments are also activated since Thursday and ready to be deployed and prepositioned in areas identified as landslide and flood-prone areas.

Meanwhile, Governor Faustino G. Dy III, chairman of the PDRRMC, also alerted all Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMCs) to take precautionary measures in their respective areas to attain the provincial government’s objective of zero casualties in times of calamities.

Fishermen in the four coastal towns were already advised to refrain from going out fishing in the sea.

On the other hand, Magat dam officials are closely monitoring the movement of tropical storm Butchoy particularly the rain that may bring in the watershed areas of the dam.

The water elevation level as of Thursday is at 188.87 meters, less than four meters before it reaches the 193 spill level. (PNA)



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