Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. has advised the public to store foods and necessary supplies as part of measures against prolonged rainfall and flooding brought by monsoon rains the past few days.

“According to weather forecast, we will have more rains for the next two days and its better if we prepare for the worst situations. We are advising the residents to cooperate, be alert and stay indoors to avoid accidents,” said Mayor Gordon.

In this connection, the City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC) conducted an urgent meeting with all its attached agencies, officials, and with the 17 barangays of Olongapo to get an up-to-date situationer from different areas in the city.

From the initial report received by the CDCC, an approximate of two hundred and eighteen families (218) or a total of three hundred seventy three (373) individuals from West Bajac-Bajac, East Bajac-Bajac, New Ilalim and Old Cabalan evacuated from their homes. Out of this evacuees, two hundred (200) families were brought to Old Cabalan Elementary School and the remaining eighteen (18) families were temporarily housed at the Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS).

Moreover, according to CDCC, two (2) patients were reported to have been given first-aid namely: Ignacio dela Peña, 48 years old, who accidentally stepped-on a nail and the 70 year-old Carlito Esterllado who suffers from cough and colds. The said patients who are both residents of West Bajac-Bajac are staying at the Olongapo City National High School evacuation site.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) oversees the needs of the evacuees while the City Health Office (CHO) is in charged with the medical welfare of the flood victims.

On the other hand, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) donated 43 boxes of canned goods and 3 sacks of rice to support the city in providing for the needs of its residents in times of calamities.

Meanwhile, Mayor Gordon together with Disaster Management Office Head, Angie Layug made the rounds to inspect the city’s 17 barangays and monitor the latest updates on their situations. Pao/sara

Picture taken at Rizal Avenue during the recent heavy-rains. INSET: Mayor Bong Gordon in an interview with ABS-CBN reporter Doland Castro. (Photo/Caption Courtesy of PAO)

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