Bukidnon authorities on alert for ‘Sendong’

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/16 December) Weather and disaster risk reduction and management officials are on alert as tropical storm Sendong unleashed its fury in Mindanao provinces.
Anianita Fortich, chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) – Bukidnon weather bureau, said that residents of low lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.  Pagasa also cited those living in coastal areas to be alert against big waves or storm surges.

The Provincial and city disaster risk reduction and management councils in Bukidnon have also trained their eyes on the situation around the province.

Arsenio Alagenio, executive director of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said they have closely monitored the provincial situation especially on flooding and landslide.

He told Bukidnon News that as of 7p.m. they have received no reports so far on incidents of flooding and other emergencies. He added that they have continuously monitored the different city and municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils.

Alagenio said rain fall in Bukidnon was not heavy on the first day of tropical storm Sendong.

Jovy Ellacone of the Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) said water level at the Pulangi River is still low as of 6:30p.m. But he said they have monitored barangay councils near riverbanks and the landslide prone areas.

Virginia Flores of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said they have alerted all disaster responders including the barangay disaster risk reduction and management councils of Malaybalay’s 46 barangays.

Flores said so far they made themselves ready to respond for any event.

“Hopefully, and we are praying that no untoward incident would happen despite the bad weather,” she said.

Allan Comiso of the Karancho, a group whose members have been trained for rescue and response operations, said they are on standby.

Jocelyn Daroy of the Malaybalay-based Philippine Red Cross Bukidnon Chapter said they, too, are monitoring the situation.

According to the forecast today of PAGASA, most of Mindanao will experience rainy and cloudy to stormy conditions up to Sunday. Sendong is expected to leave the country on Monday morning. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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