QUEZON, Palawan — A disaster preparedness information drive was held in every barangay here by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) for residents to reduce the effects of catastrophes on their lives.
Disaster risk reduction officer Mario Molina said the entry of the southwest monsoon (habagat) gave rise to their need to inform the public about what might possibly happen when typhoons begin to enter Palawan aggressively.
“Kinakailangan pa rin natin na mag-ingat lalo na sa panahon ngayon na mayroong COVID-19, hindi pa rin tayo palalagpasin ng baha at landslide kapag nagkataon,” Molina said.
Molina said their information drive focused on barangays in Quezon that are prone to landslides and flooding, such as Barangay Panitian.
Their targets were coastal and river communities, where there are residents whose lives are at risk. They updated the bulletin boards where residents can check suggested measures to prevent being affected by disasters.
“Mayroon tayong bulletin update sa bawat barangay na kung saan ito ay dapat nilang tingnan palagi upang makapaghanda sa oras ng kalamidad,” Molina said.
“Ganoon din ang mga barangay officials na kung saka-sakali man na magdamagan ang ulan at walang tigil ay alam na nila kaagad ang gagawin, sa layo ng distansiya kasi ng ating mga barangay hindi kaagad makaresponde ang ating mga rescue team. Kaya dapat makipagtulungan ang mga residente sa ating mga barangay at ganoon din ang barangay sa amin,” he added.
Molina said southern Palawan is rarely reached by strong typhoons, but it is not safe from flooding and landslides.