Alarmed by the casualties suffered by the residents of Cagayan de Oro from typhoon Sendong, AGHAM Party-List Rep. Angelo B. Palmones is again calling on the public and concerned authorities to be on the alert and be always prepared to avoid more deaths from natural calamities.
Palmones received a report last month on the occurrence of mild to moderate La Nina which can hit the country from this month to February 2012. He helped disseminate the information to warn the public to prepare themselves to possible dangers in times of extreme weather conditions.
Earlier, Palmones filed House Resolution 1777 requesting the House of Representatives through the Committee on Public Order and Safety to conduct an inquiry on the standard operating procedures for implementing forced or pre-emptive evacuation in times of calamities. He also field House Resolution 1927 requesting the House Committees on Aquaculture and Science and Technology to conduct an inquiry on the expected occurrence of La Nina in December 2011 to February 2012 to prepared the public and reduce its negative impact.
“Even in the face of death from these natural disasters, local residents adamantly refuse to evacuate their houses or abandon their properties,” Palmones said.
He added that in difficult situations like this, the proper implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) for forced or pre-emptive evacuation will help ease rescue operations. The SOP should prescribe the condition or situation where and when authorities would implement forced or pre-emptive evacuation.
“We have had similar situations occurred in the last few years. In January 2009, Cayagan de Oro was submerged in water, the first time in 50 years. Typhoon Sendong did it again, leaving 652 people dead and 808 still missing as reported yesterday. We expect the same occurrences till February next year, and even beyond that. Thus, the need to strengthen the implementation of our preparedness and disaster management effort.” Palmones said. Vicky B. Bartilet, AGHAM