By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON PROVINCE- 10Nov2013 (BicolToday.com) – It was a different response from vulnerable high risk communities in Sorsogon when informed by their local disaster risk reduction officers as early as November 1 of the approaching typhoon codenamed HAIYAN internationally tracked to hit the country. Preparation for the worst case scenario was ordered by Governor Raul Lee to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) for an information campaign to all concerned with update to PDRRMC.
Evacuation centers, equipments, basic supplies, rescue groups were place on 24/7 alert status, pre-positioning of rescue equipments were ordered and planning with key agencies as to possible response were undertaken.
During the height of SupertyphoonYolanda, 5,773 families or 27,617 individuals took shelter at various evacuation centers a high number which was seen as responsive evacuation as desired by local disaster risk reduction units said Engineer Raden Dimaano, PDRRMC chief when interviewed by BicolToday.com.
Dimaano said that the town of Casiguran has 1,532 families (7,770 individuals) who evacuated, Sorsogon City with 1,327 families (2,070 individuals), Donsol has 92 families (2,100 individuals), Magallanes 285 families (1,348 individuals) and the mother towns have minimal evacuees.
The monitoring of PDRRMC as of 11am, Friday, November 8 no casualty were reported. He reiterated in vernacular “an komunidad a preparado, harayo sa peligro” (a well prepared community is less prone to disaster). [With reports from Angel Ayala/BicolToday.com]