CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Acting Governor Daniel R. Fernando, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), has activated Operation Listo, the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) protocols for disaster response and monitoring due to Tropical Storm ‘Henry’ and Tropical Depression ‘Inday’.
Operation Listo is the program consisting of disaster preparedness manuals that contains procedures on the courses of actions that need to be done by the local chief executives before, during and after the occurrence of disasters and calamities in their respective areas or communities.
“PDRRMC Operation Center has coordinated with all the cities, municipalities, Office of Civil Defense, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, DENR, PRFFWC-Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, different rescue teams and other concerned agencies to ensure the safety of each family in the community. The OpCen also regularly receives updates and observations from rain gauges and water levels of Angat, Ipo and Bustos dams and other areas,” the acting governor said.
Based on the PDRRMC’s Situation Report No. 6 as of July 18, 2018, there were 15 barangays in Calumpit, six barangays in the City of Meycauayan, five in Marilao and one barangay in Obando were flooded while the damage to agriculture reached P23,014,508.
Also, Provincial Health Office-Public Health has distributed Doxycycline and ointment to flooded areas in Hagonoy, Marilao, Obando and City of Meycauayan to prevent the residents from acquiring Leptospirosis.
As of today, according to the PDRRMC’s Situation Report No. 7, the only flooded areas are the six barangays in the City of Meycauayan and 15 barangays in the town of Calumpit.
Further, as of 8 am today, the water level of Ipo Dam is 100.86 meters; Bustos Dam holds 17.24 meters of water, while Angat Dam carries 192.56 meters, which is still lower from its spilling level of 210 meters.
The local chief executives of Marilao, Norzagaray, Paombong, Obando, Calumpit, and Bocaue have also announced class suspension in all levels, both public and private while classes are suspended up to senior high School only in the City of Malolos, Hagonoy and San Miguel.
Due to the inclement weather yesterday, a media advisory was issued by Fernando through the Provincial Public Affairs Office regarding the suspension of classes in all levels, both in private and public schools in Bulacan.