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Philippines: Typhoon Santi (Mirinae) Capitol in the Eye of the Storm

"Severe Storm Warning Philippines"Severe Storm Warning PhilippinesThe Philippine Government has laid out plans to deal with the incoming storm – this is typical of the NDCC it also offersa insight onto what one can do with government resources in a disaster and how invoelvement is coordinated. The best laid plans however can not be enough when nature takes over and storms shift or things get worse. But the plan to deal with it is in place: Here it is – a look at how Government in the Philippines puts forward its effort. Overall it is the picture of what is being done.

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From NDCC Preparedness Update as off 12noon Friday Oct 30, 2009: DSWD organized and conducted a relief caravan (SAMA-SAMANG PAGTULONG) to preposition relief supplies for 10 provinces in Regions IV-A and V areas where Typhoon “Santi” is expected to land.  

"storm signal 1 in these areas"storm signal 1 in these areas Relief Effort moving even as storm does:

SAMA-SAMANG PAGTULONG Relief Caravan with relief goods contributed by line departments, other national government agencies. Trucks loaded with relief cargo assembled at the Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City on October 28, 2009 at 3:00PM.

Relief Caravan was sent off by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on October 29, 2009 at 6:00 AM  PCG prepositioned its rescue assets and response units in Bicol District HQ,

Coast Guard Stations in Legaspi City, Masbate, Sorsogon, MEPGRU Bicol and PCG Auxillary (volunteers); Northern Luzon (La Union and Pangasinan); Central Luzon (Subic); Southern Luzon (Puerto Real, Quezon); and PCG NCR-CL

Assets deployed/dispatched were 14 teams with 51 personnel, 5 rubber boats, sets of scuba gear, 7 vehicle (multi cab), motorcycles, 5 squadron with 180 members; life saving device (life jackets and 5 life rings), 1 speed boat, 1 inflatable boat and M35 trucks  DepEd announced the suspension of classes today,

October 30, 2009, in the primary and secondary level for NCR and provinces under PSWS No. 2 DPWH prepositioned its equipment and manpower to Regional Offices that will be affected by TY “Santi”  DOH joined the relief caravan (Sama-Samang Pagtulong) to preposition relief supplies in 10 provinces in Region IV-A and V which might be affected by TY “Santi” NEA checked and is monitoring line facilities to avert possible interruption;

organized an emergency response unit to be dispatched in case of emergency/line trouble; coordinated with the local NPC and NGCP.

National Capitol Region: Capitol and its 12 million people again in the ‘Eye of the Storm’ NCR and area

REGIONAL PREPAREDNESS Disaster Operations Centers (DOCs) of NCR, RDCCs I, II, III, IV-B and V have been activated.

All RDCC member agencies, local disaster responders were alerted to take necessary precautionary measures on the possible effects of TY “Santi” NCR DPWH-NCR

District Engineering Offices are now monitoring the removal/rolldown of billboards in accordance with the Additional Guidelines of the National Building Code of the Philippines.

Region II RDCC Chairman issued directive to PDCCs and CDCCs concerned to convene their respective DCCs and submit initial actions taken on contingency checklist and preparedness plan. PDCC Isabela issued radio messages to

C/ MDCCs; prepositioned stockpiles of food and non-food items and rescue equipment; activated ISRR Team and government hospitals.

PDCC Nueva Vizcaya activated DRT 933 and respective Disaster Control Groups and enjoined residents along hazard prone areas for pre-emptive evacuation PDCC Quirino conducted pre-emptive evacuation of residents along the low lying areas; issuance of warnings to all barangays;

Pre-positioning of relief goods and SAR equipment, pre-identified evacuation centers (brgy. halls, day care centers and schools) and communication systems were tested for mobilization Region III Operations Centers of PDCCs

Bulacan, Zambales, Aurora and Nueva Ecija have been activated and convened its member agencies and response teams for possible deployment

RDCC 3 Core Group led by OCDR 3 thru PIA organized a press conference to inform the public on the preparations being undertaken by member agencies.

Presser conference was attended by various local TV, radio and print media Four (4) rubber boats from PNP Police Community Relations Group with 96 SAR personnel are prepositioned at PRO3 Hqs /on standby for the conduct of rescue and evacuation Region IV-B Alerted RDCC Members,

PDCCs MIMAROPA and Civil Defense Deputized Coordinators and continuously monitored status of Nautical Highway and roll-on-rollout port operation Region V RDCC V conducted emergency meeting on Oct 27 and 29, 2009 presided by the Chairman in preparation for Typhoon “Santi” and discussed preparations for the relief caravan On October 28, 2009,

PDCC Albay issued Advisory No. 1 placing the entire province under alert and monitoring status On October 27, 2009, all DRRUs and disaster response teams stationed throughout the Bicol Region were activated for possible deployment

Conducted meeting with Governor Cua of Catanduanes and Governor Typoco of Camarines Norte re: preparations and requirements  On October 28, 2009, DSWD pre-positioned 200 sacks of rice each for provinces of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes 

RDCC ferried relief goods to Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte on October 28, 2009 via PAF Chopper NFSL-PN pre-positioned 1 DRRT, 1 M35 truck, 1 DRRT trailer and 1 Squad tent at HQ, 9ID Pili, Camarines Sur as preparedness measure to ensure immediate response if the need arises.  RDCC meeting with DBM Secretary Rolando Andaya at Camarines Sur is on-going;

RDCC Command Post was established at the HQ 9ID, Camp Elias Angeles, Pili, Camarines Sur and will turn-over relief goods/relief caravan to concerned PDCCs