DAVAO CITY – The province of Davao del Norte will implement the second phase of Oplan ANDAM campaign on disaster management of the provincial government, targeting coastal barangays, next year.
In a Philippine Information Agency dispatch, Climate Change Adaptation-Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Executive Director Romulo Tagalo said they have covered seven barangays this year to prepare communities should there be storm surges and tsunamis.
“One good thing about this is that it really uses the maps hazards produced by the DOST-PAGASA (Department of Science and Technology Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration),” he said.
Aside from site planting of mangroves and information drive, the Oplan ANDAM 2 sortie also brings to target barangays some disaster warning signage and device which are of help in keeping members of the community aware when and where to evacuate to safe grounds in case of disaster.
“When they hear the bell rings that signifies that they have to do something; that is to run to safe areas. So with the maps, the guides and the bell, these complete the early warning system,” Tagalo said.
Tagalo said Oplan ANDAM 2 earlier covered the seven barangays of JP Laurel in Panabo; Liboganon in Tagum City; Kinawitnon, Tambo, San Jose, Cauag and Balet in the Island Garden City of Samal. (davaotoday.com)