Local News: City Ready for Typhoon Pablo -Sayson
Acting City Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson meets with members of the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Council to prepare for the possible impact of Typhoon Pablo yesterday.
According to Sayson, he wants to make sure the city is very much prepared for Typhoon Pablo which is expected to hit Negros Occidental including Bacolod City later today, Tuesday or Wednesday if there is no change in the direction of the typhoon.
Sayson said it is always usual that the level of preparation for the coming possible calamity will be delegated up to the level of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Council (BDRRC).
The acting city mayor said the city of Bacolod is very much ready for disasters such as the coming typhoon and he is confident with the capabilities of the barangay officials in handling their task.
He said barangay captains had been trained for the last two years and they already had their own danger zone assessments.
Sayson pointed out that the barangay officials knew the areas in their respective places of responsibilities that needed immediate evacuation if the need arises.
The preparedness on disaster such as typhoon to the barangay level is being made possible under the leadership of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Sayson stressed.
"In fact, our City Disaster Risk Reduction Office had been awarded as one of the best in the Philippines. We got the Gawad Kalasag Award for these and we are ready," Sayson added.
He also said representatives from Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) attended the meeting.
Sayson appealed to the Bacolodnons especially those living in identified danger zones to cooperate with the preparations of the city and if they see the need to evacuate they should voluntarily do so.
Affected residents should evacuate immediately and not wait for possible rescue scenario because they will also put the lives of the rescuers in grave danger, Sayson stressed further.
The acting city mayor also revealed there are already identified designated evacuation centers around Bacolod and all barangay captains know where these places are.
Sayson also assured there are enough relief goods on standby for distribution for those who will be affected by the typhoon.*