DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) — The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte both were on their feet the past few days due to intermittent rains that started December 30, 2016.
There was no rescue operation made nor massive evacuation in both provinces though personnel of PRDRRMOs kept their eyes glued on their monitoring system and kept their ears tuned in to calls from MDRRMOs for assistance.
In an interview this morning, Davao del Norte PDDRMO officer-in-charge Glenda Deli-deli revealed that water levels in areas closely monitored yesterday were two meters below the critical level but she said alert was raised in areas frequented with floods.
She was referring to areas where major rivers—Saug and Liboganon usually brought forth so much volume of flood waters during heavy rains.
In a separate interview, Davao del Norte PDRRMO Planning, Research and Early Warning Section Head, Eric Rosillo said that the towns of Kapalong and Talaingod heightened their information drive in communities along the riverbanks through “recoreda,” warning people of possible pre-emptive evacuation should the waters raise to a critical level.
Davao del Norte has placed 24 water level sensors in areas where Liboganon and Saug rivers flow through particularly in the towns of Kapalong, New Corella, Asuncion, Dujali and in Tagum City. It has also installed water level sensors in areas where tributary rivers are causing local flood particularly in Carmen, Talaingod and Sto Tomas.
Meanwhile, Compos-tela Valley PDRRMO Raul Villocino in a phone interview revealed that his office had kept ready its advice for all Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMOs) to activate their respective incident command post (ICP) should there be heavy downpour in the province today.
Compostela Valley PDRRMO has been monitoring since December 30, 2016 the adverse effect of intermittent rains brought about by the trough of the low pressure area. PIA 11/ Jeanevive Duron Aba-ngan