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Saturday, September 20, 2008


The City Disaster Management Office together with the City and Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council conducted the “flood simulation exercise” last September 20 in Barangay Old Cabalan and West Bajc-Bajac. The simulation exercise or drill prepares the affected barangay in the event of “flash floods” during rainy season.

City Social Welfare and Development Head Gene Eclarino announced that the City of Olongapo garnered 99.99% rating in the assessment made by the National Validators with the assistance of Olongapo City Disaster Coordinating Council Director Alfaro Neri.

“Both the City and Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils are deserving of the nominations for the National Award for Best Disaster Coordinating Council,” Eclarino disclosed. Meanwhile, Eclarino thanked all the City Officials and some regional representatives for the success of the undertaking.

“Ginawa ang pagsasanay na ito upang mabigyan ng dagdag na kaalaman ang ating mga kabarangay, ano ba ang dapat gawin, ano ang dapat iayos pagdating ng malakas na pagbaha,” added Eclarino.

A total of eight hundred eleven (811) individuals or two hundred fifteen (215) families were evacuated by the barangay officials and city disaster coordinating council to twenty four (24) classrooms in Barangay Old Cabalan.

Prior to the exercise, an orientation took place led by Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr., with the City Officials and National Agencies namely: Pag-asa, Philvocs, Mines and GeoSciences Bureau, Office of the Civil Defense Region III, Information Authority, Department of Science and Technology, City Disaster Coordinating Council, smart Communications, Philippine National Red Cross Olongapo Chapter, United Nations Development Program and other Regional representatives.

The exercise is another milestone for Olongapeños according to Eclarino, with the validators comparing the city to other places in the Philippines, rating it on top of the rest of the cities of the country.

Photo taken last September 20, 2008 during the “Flood Simulation Exercise” in Barangay Old Cabalan.

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