NDRRMC to hold nationwide simultaneous online earthquake drill on Sept 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2020   •   1316

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be conducting various online activities for the Third Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED).

The NDRRMC through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will hold various online activities to continuously instill earthquake preparedness in people amid the pandemic.

“A webinar on earthquake preparedness and response in the new normal is scheduled for September 8 [from] 10 a.m to 12 nn. Resource persons from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will join the virtual discussion,” the post reads.

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Posted by Civil Defense PH on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad meanwhile, called on the public to participate in these activities on earthquake preparedness.

“Despite our current situation, we must bear in mind the importance of keeping ourselves safe. I encourage the public to continuously engage in activities that promote earthquake safety,” he said. AAC

At least 8 dead, 1 missing after TD Vicky onslaughtβ€”NDRRMC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines β€” Eight people were killed and one went missing in the onslaught of Tropical Depression Vicky in Visayas and Mindanao during the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed Monday (December 21).

Based on the report of the NDRRMC as of December 21 at 8:00 a.m., two casualties were reported from Region 8.

In CARAGA , five people were reported killed, two were injured and one is still missing. Region 11 logged one casualty.

A total of 8,924 families or 36,030 individuals in Regions VII, VIII, IX. and CARAGA were affected by TD Vicky. Around 3,800 families or 15,800 individuals are currently staying in evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, a total of 12 road sections and five bridges in Region VIII, IX, and CARAGA were damaged by flooding, landslide, and soil collapse due to heavy rains. Several areas in the regions also experiencing power interruption.

The NDRRMC said they will continue to monitor areas affected by the tropical depression. AAC

Creation of Dam Committee now under discussion in NDRRMC β€” Usec. Solidum

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines β€” 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.

β€œAng 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.Β 

Following the deluge in Cagayan and Isabela provinces caused by Typhoon Ulysses, Interior Secretary Eduardo AΓ±o 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.

β€œWhen 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).

β€œMayroon 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.

β€œAng 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. β€”MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Over P100 million worth of assistance provided to families affected by Ulysses β€” NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines β€” 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.)

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