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DILG Provincial Director Uldarico Razal Jr. draws attention to the lack of standardization of reports among LGUs during October 28’s PDRRMC meeting.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) stressed in an emergency meeting Wednesday, Oct. 28, the importance of information coordination among local government units (LGUs) during typhoons.

Members of the Provincial Emergency Operations Center (EOC) noted the difficulty of consolidating information after various municipal LGUs submitted late, non-standard reports after the typhoon.

Uldarico Razal, Jr., Department of the Local and Interior Government (DILG) Provincial Director, pointed out the situation reports were not submitted every six hours per Operation Listo protocols, adding that the said reports should follow the format provided by the Office of Civil Defense.

‘Missing fisherfolk’

Governor Joseph C. Cua and some PDRRMC members proposed measures such as a proactive no sail policy, financial assistance, and mandatory wearing of life vests for local fishermen to minimize casualties among fishermen during typhoon season.

This comes after six of the 18 fishermen who went missing during Typhoon Quinta have been discovered dead in the sea and shores in eastern Catanduanes.

Gov. Cua cited previous projects, such as the donation of some 4,000 life vests to fisherfolk in Virac and Bato.

‘Other measures’

The members also reported their preparations for the forecasted arrival of Typhoon Rolly on Sunday, Nov. 1, only a week after Typhoon Quinta ravaged the island’s southern towns.

The Department of Education Catanduanes opened their schools’ doors to evacuees while the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office is currently requesting the from DSWD Region V the augmentation of 2,750 pre-positioned food packs for relief.

Members in a resolution also requested that Smart and Globe submit daily reports on the restoration of communications services, while the Public Health Office requested that the Eastern Bicol Medical Center be prioritized in restoring electrical services.



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