Making Sarangani resilient to disasters

27 Apr 2016
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ALABEL, Sarangani (April 26, 2016) - Sarangani has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation to its provincial development and physical framework plan.

This is to reduce vulnerability of the constituents against calamities and to strengthen disaster resiliency, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) said.

Accordingly, 36 disaster-prone barangays in the province already benefited from the convergence program.

The areas of prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery have been considered in the mainstreaming.

This initiative, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon reported, has paved the way for the construction of preventive and mitigating infrastructures, crafting of the Comprehensive Shelter Code of Sarangani 2015, establishment of SAR 117 Emergency Hotline and Centralized Radio Communications System, and the P3.5-million land purchase and development for the resettlement of 200 and 280 families in Burias, Glan and Tambilil, Kiamba, respectively.

Solon said “our convergence principle has been demonstrated again and again in facing and managing risks in man-made and natural disasters.”

“As we continue to push against illegal logging and illegal small scale mining, (our) efforts can only improve,” Solon added as he disclosed also efforts of the provincial government of safeguarding the environment.

Sarangani has partnered with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the Department of Science and Technology for the installation of its Early Warning System.

Its seven municipalities now have automated rain gauge and weather stations while all major rivers were installed with a water level monitoring system.

Tsunami warning system sensor and siren are placed in Glan Port and in barangay Ladol in Alabel. The local automated weather station and earthquake intensity meter are situated at the Capitol complex in Alabel.

Governor Solon said all these initiatives have gained for the province the best PDRRMO award in Region 12 for two successive years.

Meanwhile, the PDRRMO has continuously stirred awareness to the public in responding to disasters and calamities as drills have been staged in various schools and community groups all over the province.

On April 21, Sarangani also joined the Office of Civil Defense’s 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in its campaign to prepare for a 7.2 magnitude quake.

PDRRMO Operations Section Chief Robert Lubonting said devastation of such a degree of tremor is inconceivable hence the “general populace should always prepare for it.”

“The severity of damage for magnitude 7 nd up will generate tsunami while damage in lives and property are extensive,” he said.

Lubonting stressed the activity as a mandatory requirement in the preparedness efforts especially that Sarangani is placed at a high risk having three fault lines located along its western part the Maitum-Lake Sebu fault line, Kiamba fault line, and the Maasim fault line.

The drill was conducted in a simple complex scenario at the two-storey national government agency building inside the Capitol in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine Air Force. (Beverly C. Paoyon / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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