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After "Rolly," Ilocos Norte's Resiliency Council prepares for "Siony"

by PGIN-CMO

Nov. 02, 2020 ...

At the height of devastation caused by Super Typhoon (ST) "Rolly"(international name: Goni) over the Philippines' Visayas and Southern Luzon regions, the Ilocos Norte Resiliency Council called for an emergency meeting yesterday as the province prepares for the possible destructive effects of Tropical Storm (TS) "Siony" (international name: Atsani). 

Present in the meeting presided by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte's (PGIN) Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Office are representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government-Ilocos Norte, Department of Health-Ilocos Norte, Department of Public Works and Highways 1st and 2nd Engineering Districts, Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Army, Philippine Airforce, and PGIN's Office of Barangay Affairs, Social Welfare and Development Office, Engineering Office, General Services Office, and Communications and Media Office. 

ST "Rolly," the strongest typhoon to hit the world this year left ten (10) confirmed casualties in Albay Province alone, as of writing. Its torrential winds and rainfall recorded at Signal No. 5 destroyed and inundated hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of families, particularly in Camarines Sur and Catanduanes. 

Meanwhile, as ST "Rolly" traverses the country, TS "Siony" has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and is projected to hit extreme Northern Luzon this week. 

"We have to make sure that we have mechanisms in place just in case the weather situation will escalate. We need to be prepared for any eventuality," urged Resiliency Officer Mr. Marcell Tabije. 

During the meeting he iterated the salient points of a memorandum previously issued by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, ordering the immediate implementation of the following measures: activate all Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee and enjoin all resident to actively participate in community flood mitigation activities; assign Barangay Health Workers to regularly monitor the health condition of vulnerable groups; ensure the functionality of equipment and maintain a database, such as dump trucks, rubber boats, ambulances, and activate local Rescue Teams and other emergency resources for immediate deployment; and facilitate the preparation and regular submission of timely and accurate situation report, among others.

"The government can not do it alone. We need to make sure that everyone is involved,"