Batanes province receives ₱8-M assistance from OCD

Batanes province receives ₱8-M assistance from OCD

THE Philippines is known for being disaster-prone due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Typhoon Belt.

Each year, at least twenty typhoons enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility, along with the possibility of volcanic eruptions.

In relation to this, PAGASA has announced the onset of the rainy season and the threat of La Niña.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is now preparing to mitigate the damage caused by harsh weather.

The OCD emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement and cooperation for preparedness.

The Provincial Local Government Units of Batanes have received a donation from the OCD to prepare for La Niña.

The donation, valued at over ₱8 million, includes non-food items assistance.

According to Civil Defense Administrator Usec. Ariel Nepomuceno, Batanes is frequently hit by strong typhoons.

Thus, being prepared before La Niña strikes is crucial.

Key to this preparation is the pre-positioning of relief goods and other necessary equipment for immediate use in times of need.

“We are now preparing for the rainy season and La Nina. Batanes is prone to strong typhoons and is always isolated,” according to Usec. Ariel Nepomuceno, Civil Defense Administrator.

“The key is pre-positioning adequate relief goods and equipment so these will be available immediately when they need them,” Nepomuceno added.

Accompanying the non-food items are family packs, shelter repair kits, and hygiene kits benefiting over 400 families.

Additionally, seven generator sets were donated to ensure government operations continue smoothly during disasters.

“The Local Government Units are at the frontline during emergencies. They are the first to help. That is why we need to empower them by enhancing their capabilities,” Nepomuceno stressed.


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