Albay officials urge evacuees to remain at safe temporary shelters

December 7, 2014 1:29 pm 

By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 7 (PNA) — Officials of Albay province have asked the evacuees to remain at their present safe temporary shelters while typhoon "Ruby" lashes at Masbate and its neighboring areas.

Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda and Dr. Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office chief, jointly issued the appeal Sunday morning to keep every Albayano safe from harm and achieve the zero-casualty goal of the province.

Albay is about 70 kilometers from Masbate, where Ruby is estimated to make a second landfall from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Daep said while the typhoon is passing through Masbate, there is a need for everybody to be at a safe place and heed the advice of local officials.

He advised the Albayanos to always keep tuned in to their radios and other forms of communication for continuous flow of information.

The Albay official said the information coming from authorized officials through these means of communication is the best way of knowing the real situation in the province and the neighboring area.

Daep asked Albayanos to thank God for the present situation and continue praying for Him to spare the province from being in worse situation, although the whole of Albay is prepared for it.

Meanwhile, Sr. Supt. Marlo S. Meneses, Albay provincial police director, said peace and order has remained maintained in the province, especially at the evacuation centers.

Meneses said there has been no untoward incident reported in the past hours.

He advised the public not to drink liquors at the evacuation centers to avoid discussion that could eventually lead to heated arguments and physical confrontation.

Col. Raul Fernacio, commanding officer of the 901st Infantry Brigade based in Barangay Villa Hermosa, Daraga, echoed Daep and Meneses' advice.(PNA)

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