DAGUPAN CITY – Several barangays here went under four inches to one foot of water as a result of moderate to heavy rains, coupled by light to moderate winds, due to the combined effects of Tropical Storm ”Egay” and the continuing monsoon rains,
All national roads and barangay roads within the city, however, are still passable to all types of vehicles except the Bonuan Tondaligan road specifically at the back of AVRC-CENRO where the water level reached an average of two feet, making it not passable to light vehicles.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (CDRRMO) Ronaldo R. De Guzman said that the flooding was aggravated by high tide affecting specifically sitio Patalan of Lasip Grande; Alitaya and Cavite of Herrero-Perez; Careenan, Carmona and Bahala of Poblacion Oeste; Philadelphia Church, Pantal Centro, Nable and Guibang of Pantal; Carael Centro, and the surrounding area of Eagle Radio station of Lucao.
The CDRRMO reported zero casualties.
At the same time, the CDRRMO advised the barangay councils to activate their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (BDRRMC) and prepare evacuation centers to accommodate possible evacuees and to conduct regular monitoring within their areas of responsibility.
“We also issued an advice to advertisers to pull down their tarpaulin ads in buildings within the central business district so they will not be blown away by strong winds,” said De Guzman.
De Guzman added that his office also coordinated with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (CDRRMC) under P/Supt. Christopher N. Abrahano, vice-chairman, and other partner agencies like the Philippine National Police, PNP Maritime, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and the Department of Education.
With Storm Egay, already out of the Philipine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the CDRRMO still recommended the cancellation of classes in all kindergarten and pre-school, elementary and secondary schools in the city on July 8 due to the moderate to heavy monsoon rains, and the seasonal high tide prevailing.
Add to this the fact that Typhoon Falcon already entered PAR and is expected to bring more rains in western Luzon.
The cancellation of classes in the city was a pre-emptive action on the part of the city government to prevent potential loss of life, limb and property, the CDRRMO said.
Officials of colleges and universities within the city were given the discretion to suspend their classes depending on the prevailing situation. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)