Ilocos Norte resiliency council ready for "Jolina" with rescue equipment, relief goods

Aug 25, 2017 ...

In light of Tropical Storm Jolina (international name: Pakhar), the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) with the Resiliency Office convened early Friday morning to secure residents' safety.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Ms. Lilian Rin assured that rescue equipment is ready "in any eventualities na medyo lumala ang sitwasyon na idudulot ng Bagyong Jolina.

"Tinitignan natin ang panahon at sa ngayon, beneficial pa ang ulan na dulot ng bagyo," she shared, emphasizing that despite this there is still a need to prepare due to the unpredictability of weather.

The PDRRMC, including officials from the PSWDO, Philippine National Police (PNP), Provincial Engineering Office (PEO), Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), Sustainable Development Center (SDC), and Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET), have already propositioned food items, medicines, and non-food items like plastic tents and utensils.

Relief packs are ready, and supplies are also stationed at the resiliency clusters stationed throughout Ilocos Norte.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Member Mr. Donald G. Nicolas shared, "Early today, we already alerted the different municipalities to prepare for... Typhoon Jolina. We advised them to prepare their trucks, rubber boats, equipment, dump trucks, evacuation centers, ambulances, and other needed things to do in times of disasters."

Mr. Domingo Ambrosio, also of the SP or Provincial Board, said "Gusto kong ipaalam sa lahat na ang PDRRMC ay handang tumulong sa interong Ilocos Norte... Handa silang siguraduhin ang seguridad at kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan dito sa probinsiya."

Provincial Board members are joining the PDRRMC and other Capitol offices in alternating shifts to monitor the storm and pool efforts in disseminating information through various media.

Despite the Capitol's preparedness, the department heads and officials still urge the public to "be alert and keep praying," because it remains unpredictable how TS Jolina would affect Ilocos Norte.

Rin reminds that public service should be the commitment of every Ilocano, "Sabi nga ni Governor [Imee R. Marcos],tayo ay dapat makiramdam at maging concerned sa ating mga kababayan.

"Magkaisa tayo sa paghanda dahil hindi natin masasabi kung ano ang susunod na mangyayari."

Ambrosio also reiterated the governor's instructions to the council that "hindi pwedeng iwanan o tulugan itong mgaequipment at maitutulong ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan," hence assuring that the Provincial Capitol is on full alert even as Ilocos Norte is still bracing for TS Jolina's entrance.

Tropical Cyclone Warning System (TCWS) 1 was raised in Ilocos Norte by 5:00am today, as well as in 13 other provinces including Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan. TCWS 2 meanwhile was already raised then in Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.

By 8:00am, Ilocos Sur was included under TCWS 2.

As of 11:00 o'clock tonight, Ilocos Norte and 11 other provinces are under TCWS 2.

by Mizpah Grace Castro

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