Marikina Prepares for Typhoon “Ompong”
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The City Government of Marikina is preparing for typhoon “Ompong” that is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, September 12.
Marikina yesterday convened the heads of the different departments of the City Hall, officials of the Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Amang Rodriguez Hospital to discuss measures that will ensure the safety of the citizens of Marikina when Ompong makes a landfall.
Among the items discussed were the protocols and the tasks assigned to each department in the City Hall in cooperation with the government agencies of Marikina such as the Deped, PNP, BFP and Amang Rodriguez. They also talked about the recent typhoons that hit Marikina in July and in August and how to further enhance the delivery of services to the community during calamities to avoid loss of lives and properties.
Mayor Marcy Teodoro requested the Marikina City Rescue 161 to prepare and deploy the necessary equipment, tools and boats to the communities, especially those in low-lying areas and near the Marikina River that are prone to flooding during typhoons.
Mayor Marcy also wanted a faster delivery of food to evacuation centers. He said meals should be delivered on time. Mayor wanted the preparation of food to be done in some campsites or evacuation centers, particularly those located a bit far from the Marikina Sports Center, where meals are usually prepared and delivered to evacuation centers.
The deployment of additional manpower to manage the evacuation centers, as well as additional doctors and nurses, was also noted.
Strictly Enforce Forced Evacuation
To ensure the safety of Marikenos, the forced evacuation protocol when the Marikina River reaches 18 meters will also be strictly enforced with the help of the barangay officials, Rescue 161 and the police. Security will also be tightened both in the evacuation centers and in the affected communities to ensure the protection of properties, especially the homes that will be left behind by those that will temporarily seek shelters in evacuation centers.
Mayor Marcy also asked every department to ensure that all assets of the Local Government will be safe during the typhoon and that they should be moved to Parang for safekeeping when the water level at the river reaches 19 meters.
The City Veterinary Office will also prepare cages in evacuation centers to ensure the safety of household pets that will be brought along by the evacuees.
According to PAGASA, “Ompong” will enter the PAR this afternoon and is threatening Northern Luzon. The strong typhoon may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday, September 15. The typhoon may strengthen the Southwest Monsoon bringing light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas and Palawan beginning Thursday, September 13.
The City Government of Marikina has consistently been praised by netizens on social media and by media outlets for its disaster preparedness and the orderly and clean evacuation centers. When typhoon "Karding" hit Marikina last month, the City Government received praises from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and from netizens on social media for thoroughly preparing for the typhoon and the use of modular tents in evacuation centers to ensure the privacy of the evacuees, especially women and children.
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