Respite from Typhoons a Time for PDCC to Plan and Prepare - CT

The province of Catanduanes has yet to be hit by a big storm this year, with "Lupit" detouring to the north and the previous two storms just slipping by, leaving only minor flooding and easily removed landslides.

It is also fortunate that for "Ondoy" and "Pepeng", the province’s leadership convened the PDCC and sent out warnings to the 11 municipalities ahead of time in case the two storms moved closer.

The respite we are getting should give the disaster body enough time to complete the work the unlamented Provincial Disaster Management Office failed to do, particularly in gathering the data needed in disaster preparedness especially communications linkages and inventory of resources.

Despite the experience with the PDMO, there remains the need to create or reinvent the same body with the view of entrusting it not only with the responsibility of ensuring that the MDCCs and BDCCs are on their toes before, during and after calamities, but also with the job of seeing to it that the networks and needed resources are ready to be mobilized.

Source: Inside Page - Catanduanes Tribune - 21 October 2009

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