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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 10 (PIA) - As the council members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) met on its quarterly meeting, preparations were tackled to counter the adverse effects of the El Nino phenomenon from June 2014 until the first quarter of 2015, to include emergencies and calamities situations, as well.
 
Among the preparations agreed by the council were the prepositioning of food, fuel, listing of equipments needed in rescue operations, among others which should be made ready this early, PDRRMC Chair Governor Roger Mercado noted.
 
PDRRMC Chair Mercado also ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) to draft and facilitate for the memorandum of agreements with local groceries and pharmacy stores and gasoline stations where these prime commodities can be readily be withdrawn to be able to respond immediately to the victim-people.
 
“All primary commodities and fuels must be readily available and can be immediately withdrawn and served to the people stricken in times of emergencies and calamities,” Governor Mercado noted.
 
PAG-ASA OIC Administrator Aldrin Kaindoy in his presentation of the El Nino phenomenon said that Southern Leyte must prepare for possible infectious diseases brought about by the air quality building up along the region, according to an ENSO experiment.
 
Provincial Health Officer (Technical) Dr. John Matibag asked for the prepositioning of medicines to immediately respond to diseases such as dengue fever cases, among other diseases expected to mount during El Nino phenomeon in the province.
 
During the regular meeting, PDRRMC also moved for a resolution for the purchase of handheld radio communication equipments that could connect the PDRRMC to practically all the municipalities, barangays, police stations across the province in the event of loss of electric power due to calamities. This followed after the brief presentation of Scan Company.
 
PDRRMO Provincial Head Danilo Atienza also wanted to put every plans, preparations in place during peacetime, that is before any occurrence of an emergency or calamity in the province, he added. (esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)