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Stay safe! Iloilo City activates 24-hour operation center to monitor flooding, help evacuees

The Iloilo City has activated the 24-hour Operation Center of Iloilo Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) at the Penthouse of City Hall to monitor the weather condition and situation of the city as a result of heavy rains and flood.

The city government has also moved to send help to stranded residents and evacuees following an ocular inspection led by City Administrator Atty. Hernando Galvez, together with the City Disaster Reduction Risk Management Office (CDRRMO) upon the instruction of Acting Mayor Jose Espinosa III.

The City council also activated the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) team in order to assess the possibility of declaring the city under the state of calamity.

As of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, some 28 families and 47 individuals were evacuated in Calubihan, Jaro; while nine families, 16 adults and 12 children were evacuated in Pueblo Concepcion, Brgy. Navais, Mandurriao, according to the data from the CDRRMO.

Meanwhile, Espinosa also instructed the City Social Welfare and Development Office to give out relief goods to evacuees from the two barangays.

“We have prepositioned relief goods in our evacuation centers in coordination with Red Cross and at the same time we instructed the CSWDO to prepare water to be given to them aside from food,” said Espinosa.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Iloilo City, Philippine National Police (PNP), City Engineer’s Office, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also conducted clearing and declogging of drainage systems to allow the smooth flow of water going to the outfall.

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