VP Binay, pinuri ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa mabungang paghahanda sa Bagyong Glenda

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Maganda ang naging bunga ng disaster preparedness ng pamahalaan ayon kay Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Katunayan, agad naisalba ang maraming buhay sa pamamagitan ng pre-emptive evacuation na isinagawa sa iba’t ibang lugar sa bansa.

Ito ang bahagi ng pahayag ng pangalawang pangulo sa isinagawang first National Cooperative Housing Summit sa lungsod Quezon ngayong araw, Huwebes.

“Di po maliit na dahilan ang ginawang paghahandang ginawa ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan, ang iba’t ibang disaster readiness training, ang paglikas ng mga kababayan sa danger zones at pagaalis ng bahay sa mapanganib na lugar ay tunay na nagbunga,” bahagi ng talumpati ni Binay.

Kaugnay nito, naniniwala rin si Committee on Climate Change Chairperson Senador Loren Legarda na nag-improve ang paghahanda sa kalamidad ng pamahalaan matapos ang Bagyong Glenda.

“The level of disaster preparedness has evidently improved, from forecasting, early warning to evacuation of families in high-risk areas. Weather bulletins were given out regularly and warnings of storm surges were sent out early. The local government units heeded these advisories and did the right thing of enforcing evacuation of families living in coastal communities.”

Ngunit ayon sa senadora, maaari pang ma-improve at mapaiigting ang disaster preparedness ng pamahalaan. Aniya, hindi dapat na maging kuntento lang sa naging outcome sa halip ay dapat targetin ang zero casualty sa pamamagitan ng resources at political will sa kalamidad, kabilang dito ang paghahanda sa critical infrastructure gaya ng transmission lines, at community preparations. Halimbawa nito ang regular na pruning of trees, dredging ng mga kanal at esteros at garbage segregation scheme.

Sa paligid lamang aniya ng senado at PICC, makikita ang pagkabuwal ng mga matatagal ng puno bunga ng malakas na hangin dulot ng Bagyong Glenda na nanalasa sa Metro Manila. (Bryan De Paz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PICC, World Trade Center, & Rizal Memorial Sports Complex to open as COVID-19 quarantine sites this week – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Three facilities being converted into quarantine sites for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are set to open this week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said these facilities are the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and the World Trade Center.

Duque made the announcement during his visit to the sites on Monday morning.

The Health chief said the three community quarantine sites will initially admit COVID-19 positive patients with mild or no symptoms.

“This protocol may change depending on the number of patients under investigation (PUI) & person under monitoring (PUM). If a patient’s condition worsens, he or she will be rushed immediately to a hospital for proper management and treatment,” Secretary Duque said in a statement.

The DOH said the PICC can accommodate a maximum of 294 patients, while the World Trade Center and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex can admit 502 and 112 patients, respectively.

Duque said the PICC will be managed by the Philippine National Police Medical Corps, while the World Trade Center will be managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Both the PNP and AFP will supervise the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The DOH healthcare workforce will also be supporting these three quarantine facilities,” the DOH said.

The facilities are aimed at decongesting hospitals and containing the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus disease.

The conversion of the three quarantine facilities is a collaboration between government and private sector, composed of the DOH, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority headed by Secretary Vince Dizon, who is also the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, the agency added.

To date, the Philippines has recorded 3,660 confirmed cases with 163 fatalities and 73 total recoveries.

Disaster preparedness: What to pack in your emergency ‘Go Bag’

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019

Each year, some 20 cyclones enter the Philippine area of responsibility.

Tropical cyclones can hit the country any time of the year, with months of June to September being the most active.

Aside from typhoons, the Philippines is also prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity as it sits on the pacific ‘ring of fire’.

When living in an area prone to natural calamities, it is always a smart idea to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and one way to stay safe in the midst of a sudden crisis is by packing a ‘Go Bag’.

A ‘Go Bag’ is a backpack or duffel bag filled with survival essentials you can grab and take with you when disaster strikes.

Its contents may vary according to personal or your family’s needs but should include a few staple items one would require to survive for 72 hours (3 days) when evacuating from a disaster.

So, what items should you pack in your emergency ‘Go Bag’?

UNTV’s Lifesaver has prepared this suggested checklist to help you build an emergency supply kit in case of disasters:

  • At least four liters of water

Water can help you survive for weeks so it should be the first on your list. It will be the heaviest item on your bag but it is very important for you and your family.

  • Non-perishable food items

These may include granola or protein bars, biscuits, chocolates, easy-to-open canned goods.

  • Photocopies of legal documents and identification cards

Secure copies of essential documents such as passport, license, identification cards, birth, marriage certificates and land titles in your bag. Photocopies of these documents will spare you from all the hassle of renewing lost papers and proving identity when the disaster is over. Remember to store these in waterproof pouches to keep them dry.

  • First Aid / medicine kit

Stock your first aid kit well and customize it by adding your prescription medicines.

  • Hygiene kit

In the absence of showers during times of disaster, maintaining sanitation is important to prevent diseases. Your hygiene kit should include a wet wipes, alcohol, toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, ear buds, sanitary napkin and insect repellent.

  • Heavy-duty flashlight

Having a heavy-duty flashlight that can last for hours is important when power is out during calamities. Make sure the batteries are new (or rechargeable!) and you have extras in your bag.

  • Extra clothes

Make sure to pack a whole set of basic clothes (underwear, shirt, joggers, foldable shoes) you can change into. Roll them in your bag to save clothes.

  • Raincoat and Blanket

Packing a raincoat and lightweight blanket is optional but it can prove to be useful. You may turn these into a bed or a material to ward off cold depending on the need.

  • Extra cash

Prepare cash in smaller bank notes and place these in a water-proof pouch.

  • Additional essentials

These include an emergency whistle, wrench or pliers, a battery- or hand-powered radio, a power bank and extra mobile phone. Also pack a lighter, candles or glow sticks, trash bags and plastic ties, duct tape, a rope and a swiss-knife or multi-purpose tool that may be used to build a makeshift shelter.

  • Family’s special needs

When your family has an infant or a young child, also remember to pack necessities such as extra basic clothes, blanket, diapers, feeding bottle, baby food, rash ointment or medicines. For kids, include some favorite toys, coloring books and crayons to keep them entertained; and for the elderly, pack a 7-day supply of prescription medicines and adult diapers.

This list of go-bag essentials are just suggestions. Feel free to add extra supplies or tweak the ones listed above as needed.

Disasters can strike at any time and place, so it will not hurt to consider packing separate Go-bags for your home, for work and another for your car.

Hopefully, you won’t ever need them but it is always a good idea to prepare against disasters.

DILG advises LGUs to do early disaster preparedness actions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 6, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised local government units (LGU) to do early disaster preparedness actions.

DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said it is better to have preparations now instead of waiting for the eleventh hour before taking action.

“Sunod-sunod na naman ang mga bagyo pumapasok sa ating bansa kaya inaatasan natin ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na maging laging handa. Huwag na nating hintayin ang unos bago tayo kumilos, (Several typhoons are entering the country so we directed local government units to always be prepared. Let us not wait for the disaster to hit before taking action)” he said.

The DILG previously launched Operation L!STO which is a national advocacy program for disaster preparedness and disaster risk management at the local level.

Malaya said because of this manual, there is no reason for LGUs not to know the protocols during a disaster.

“The DILG has given all LGUs the Listo Manual to guide them on the sets of minimum critical ‘things-to-do’ during an impending weather disturbance or tropical cyclone,” he said.

The Listo Manual v.3 contains a preparedness checklist and also provides authority to LCEs to undertake pre-emptive or mandatory evacuation when necessary.—AAC

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