CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is prepared and ready to deal with any risks that might be posed by Typhoon “Tisoy” (Kammuri) in the province.
Governor Dennis Pineda convened on Monday the PDRRMC members to conduct a pre-disaster risk assessment for the possible onslaught of the typhoon in the province.
Pineda instructed each member of the council to be on full alert’ for the potential risk that Tisoy might bring especially to the upland and coastal areas of Pampanga.
Angelina Blanco, provincial disaster and risk reduction management officer, said the province is ready and on standby for the typhoon.
“As instructed by our governor, we will start to conduct pre-emptive evacuation later in the afternoon until tomorrow in all coastal and upland areas which are high risk,” she said.
Blanco also assured everyone that all their resources and equipment were already prepositioned since November 23.
“All operation centers were already activated though our Local Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Offices (LDRRMO). When it comes to food and water, we have enough supplies of goods,” she added.
Earlier, Governor Dennis Pineda suspended the afternoon classes in all levels both in public and private schools until Tuesday.
He also suspended work in government offices Tuesday in the whole province of Pampanga due to possible intermittent rains that would be brought about by the weather disturbance.
Pineda said he ordered the suspension to assure the safety and security of both students and employees.
“I don’t want to take risk. According to PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), we are expecting heavy rains later afternoon. I do not want the students to be stuck during the rain. It is better for us to be ready to any possibility,” he said.
Based on the weather forecast issued by PAGASA as of 11 a.m., the province of Pampanga is already under storm signal number 2.
When asked about the disaster preparedness plan for the ongoing 30th South East Asian Games in the province, Pineda assured that athletes, delegates, and guests have “nothing to worry about”.
“I already asked our Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director, and PDRRMO officer to coordinate with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) about their contingency plan on the staging of SEA Games in case untoward incidence and unpleasant weather would hit the province,” he added. (PNA)