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Beng urges continuous vigilance on Ompong

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Local residents, particularly those residing in areas prone to flooding, storm surge and landslide, are urged to sustain vigilance and to take precautionary measures against impacts associated with these  hazards brought about by typhoon Ompong and southwest monsoon.

Mayor Beng Climaco issued the call yesterday as she directed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) that leads the Emergency Operations Center to remain on alert and to prepare for prompt response to cases of emergencies.

On Thursday, Climaco, through the CDRRMO suspended classes in all levels – both public and private institutions – due to continuous rains, per report from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Tourist activities to include mountaineering/hiking, surfing, diving and swimming in Sta. Cruz Island, Once Islas as well as beaches in Bolong and Maasin were prohibited yesterday per recommendation of the police and Zamboanga Coast Guard station. Trips of small sea crafts were likewise suspended in light of the threat brought by Ompong.

As this developed,  Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMCs) are also tasked to constantly monitor situation in their respective areas and to prepare to implement pre-emptive evacuation protocol in areas prone to storm surges, landslide and flood.

The public is advised to continue monitoring updates on the weather and to heed advisories to prevent loss of lives and properties.

Meanwhile, PAG-ASA Zamboanga radar said Zamboanga City and other parts of Zamboanga Peninsula will continue to experience light to moderate rains. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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