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Saturday, June 21, 2008


Once again, the Olongapo City Government proved that preparedness is an effective way to minimize the effects of disasters.

Tropical storm ‘Frank” (international codename: Fengshen) recently swept the country including Olongapo City and the province of Zambales. Storm signal number two (2) was raised on Saturday, June 21 and was subsequently raised to storm signal number three (3) the next day when the storm was strongest.

The power was cut off for a couple of hours in different areas of the city while strong rains and winds brought by the storm were experienced. The power was restored immediately after the poles and lines were repaired.

An estimated amount of up to one million pesos (P 1M) worth of cables, posts and were broken during the storm.

On the other hand, floods in the greater part of the city were prevented due to the cleaning of the drainage system earlier although some parts of the city were still flooded because of the high tide.

A meeting was called by City Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. before the storm ravaged the city. Present during the meeting were the department heads of Disaster Management Office (DMO), City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), City Health, Public Utility Department (PUD), Environmental Sanitation Management Office (ESMO), City Planning and Budget.

Also present during the meeting were Col. Abelardo Villacorta ng Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) and City Councilors Gina Perez at Rodel Cerezo.

Classrooms of Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS) were opened to serve as an evacuation center for the different families living in areas affected by floods but there were no families that needed evacuation there.

“We have people monitoring for 24-hours. Kumpleto kami sa gamit and basic necessities para sa mga evacuees. We have food, clothing, blankets, candles at iba pa,” explained CSWD head, Gene Eclarino.

“I hope that the people of Olongapo City, especially those at the low-lying areas know what to do. We are prepared for them and information was given to them beforehand. The best way talaga is prevention,” added Eclarino.

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