NDRRMC, nagsagawa ng online earthquake drill

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2020   •   438

MANILA, Philippines – Nagsagawa ang National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) ng nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill ngayong Huwebes.

Ngunit hindi katulad dati, virtual o online lamangito ginawa dahil sa banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay Mark Timbal, ang tagapagsalita ng NDRRMC, alinsunod ito sa mga ipinatutupad na panuntunan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) sa pagsasagawa ng mass gathering sa gitna ng pandemya.

“Kailangan po talaga natin sumunod doon sa mga reglamento na bawal ang mga mass gathering at saka yung ating social distancing or physical distancing requirements,” ang sabi ni Timbal.

Ala-una ng hapon sinimulan ang programa kung saan tinalakay ang mga kahandaan sa mga sakuna, partikular na ng lindol.

Kasama rin sa mga napag-usapan ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng go bag  na naglalaman ng mga mahahalagang gamit at pagkain sa panahon ng sakuna.

Pagpatak naman ng alas-dos ng hapon, idinaos naman ang isang ceremonial pressing of the button na hudyat ng pagsasagawa ng duck, cover and hold procedure.

Nakiisa rito ang ilang tauhan ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan pati na ang ilang netizen na nag-post ng kanilang mga larawan sa social media.

Ayon kay Timbal, itinuloy nila ang pagsasagawa ng drill dahil hindi pa rin naman nawawala ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng lindol sa gitna ng nararanasang pandemya.

“Napapansin po natin sa mga balita na sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilipinas, may mga nagaganap rin po na mga lindol. Ibig sabihin po ang mga panganib na kinahaharap noon ay hindi pa rin nawawala habang may pandemic,” ani ng opisyal.

Layunin rin ng drill na maipalala sa publiko ang palagiang paghahanda sa posibleng pagdating ng mga sakuna at kalamidad. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

Creation of Dam Committee now under discussion in NDRRMC — Usec. Solidum

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is currently discussing the creation of a committee that will focus on dam operations in the country.

Ang usapan sa [What’s been discussed in the] NDRRMC during the last emergency meeting ay magkaroon ng isang kumite na permanente na tumingin talaga sa issue ng [is the creation of a committee that will permanently address the issues in] dam safety operations,” Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum confirmed in an interview with UNTV.

The creation of such a specific committee is what the NDRRMC sees as a solution to ensure the safe operation of dams across the country in consideration of the surrounding communities.

The NDRRMC is composed of agencies concerned with disasters and emergencies. 

Following the deluge in Cagayan and Isabela provinces caused by Typhoon Ulysses, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año proposed the transfer of dam management to the NDRRMC, especially the control on when to release water during the onset of a typhoon.

Many see the release of water from Magat Dam as one reason that worsened the scenario in the said provinces during the typhoon.

Solidum said the proposed committee would not only oversee the releasing of water in dams but every aspect that would ensure dam safety in all forms of disaster such as earthquakes.

The official clarified, however, that the expertise of agencies currently managing the dams like the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and dam operators will still be utilized even after dam management is transferred to the NDRRMC. 

What needs further improvement, Solidum said, is risk communication especially the aspect of giving warning signals to communities on potential threats of the dams.

“When it comes to dam operation, ang makakatulong dito yung [what will help is the] further enhancement of communication down to everyone na magamit siguro yung mga [with the use of] available text blasts o ano pang magandang pamamaraan na ginagawa [or other available means that can be utilized],” he stressed recommending early evacuation of residents from areas most prone to disasters once the PAGASA announces the need to evacuate.

Meanwhile, the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) is now planning to conduct an assessment in rivers and other waterways to determine how time changed their physical features such as their size or capacity.

The NAPOCOR is also considering pushing through with the creation of a National Dam Safety Program (NDSP).

“Mayroon na kaming naging initial na coordination dyan sa NDSP at tuloy-tuloy naman iyon [We had an initial coordination on the NDSP and it’s been ongoing],” confirmed NAPOCOR Dam Management Department Manager Conrado Sison Jr.

“Ang aim is magkaroon tayo ng isang entity or bagay na mag-address nga itong problemang ito [The aim is to have an entity that will address all these problems],” he added. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Over P100 million worth of assistance provided to families affected by Ulysses — NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said that more than P100 million worth of assistance has been provided to families affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said a total of P114,615,669.25 worth of aid has been extended to affected families in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, V, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The NDRRMC indicated in its report that the assistance came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units, non-government organizations and private groups.

Typhoon Ulysses affected a total of 891,457 families in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, National Capital Region, and the Cordillera.

Of this number, 45,906 families remain in evacuation centers.

The number of fatalities remained at 73 while 24 were injured and 19 others went missing.

Around 41 road sections and 42 bridges are still not passable due to the impact of the typhoon.

The entire Luzon region has been placed under a state of calamity due to widespread damage left by Typhoon Ulysses and other strong storms that battered parts of the country in the previous weeks. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Death toll from Typhoon Ulysses rises to 73 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll from the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses has climbed to 73, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday.

In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said 24 of the fatalities were reported from Region 2, six from Region 3, 17 from CALABARZON, eight from Region 5, 10 from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and eight from the National Capital Region (NCR).

A total of 24 individuals were injured while 19 others remain missing.

The NDRRMC said a total of 727,738 families or 3,052,049 individuals from Regions 1, 2, 3, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, 5, NCR, and CAR have been affected by the typhoon.

The agency also reported an estimated P2,715,299,906 worth of damage to agriculture while the damage to infrastructure increased to P5,256,272,751.28.

A total of 39,808 houses were damaged by the storm in Regions 1, 2, 3, CALABARZON, 5, and CAR.

It also reported that 73 road sections and 55 bridges remain impassable due to flooding, mudflow, and soil/rock collapse.

The power was already restored in 60 out of the total 316 cities and municipalities that have experienced power outage in Regions 1, 2, 3, CALABARZON, 5, 8, CAR, and NCR.

Water service interruption remains a problem in 50 municipalities in CALABARZON and Region 5.

The NDRRMC earlier recommended placing the entire Luzon under a state of calamity due to the impact of Typhoon Ulysses, as well as other strong storms Quinta and Rolly.

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide on the recommendation but his spokesperson, Harry Roque has expressed confidence that the chief executive will approve the proposal.

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