Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Joint National Disaster Coordinating Council NDCC

NDCC Camp Emilio Aguinaldo 29 Septemebr 2009 Joint NDCC and 34th Cabinet Meeting regarding updates on the disaster brought by typoon "Ondoy"

PGMA underscores need for preemptive evacuation to avoid loss of lives

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered today concerned government agencies to identify danger zones and prepare to implement preemptive evacuation to save lives in future disasters such the recent tropical storm “Ondoy” that left 240 dead.

“Somebody must be in charge of designating the areas,” the President stressed at the Cabinet meeting held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City today.

The President said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) must coordinate with Regional Disaster Coordinating Councils to effect the preemptive evacuation. She added barangay captains should make sure that people do not build houses on river banks.

She issued the order as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said that another tropical depression is likely to bring more rains on Thursday.

The new tropical depression may hit Northern Luzon before moving in the direction of Taiwan.

The military was also directed to pre-position equipment for rescue operation in disaster-prone areas. (PND)

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