CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan has been exerting coordinated response efforts through rescue and relief operations in different areas in the province that were greatly affected by typhoon “Lando”.
Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Chairman Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado continues to coordinate with the local government units to help the families affected by the typhoon and urged the Bulakenyos to stay alert and prepared in case of any emergencies even though the province is not under a public storm warning signal at present.
“Bulakenyos had proven their resiliency and not the sort who gives up easily. Mapalad tayo na hindi tayo ang matinding naapektuhan ng bagyong Lando at patuloy ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan na tulungan ang mga kababayan nating naapektuhan. Patuloy rin tayo sa pagtulong sa ating mga karatig-lalawigan na lubos na napinsala,” the governor said.
Alvarado also said that Bulacan PDRRMC continues to coordinate with the Pampanga River Flood Forecasting and Warning Center on the possibility of back flooding in Hagonoy and Calumpit that serves as the catch basin of the Pampanga River.
Standby manpower resources at Bulacan PDRRMC are also ready for deployment of emergency rescue teams when the need arises more particularly in the incidents of high rise of water level in different rivers in the province.
As of October 19, PDRRMO reported that at least 920 families or 4,533 persons from Obando, Bulakan, Paombong, San Miguel, Santa Maria, San Ildefonso, Calumpit, and Balagtas were evacuated and brought to different evacuation centers in their respective towns.
Almost 14,610 Bulakenyos from affected families in 21 towns and three cities in the province will also receive relief goods and medicines and will be assisted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
PDRRMO Executive Officer Liz Mungcal also said that PDRRMO is helping in the cleaning operations and is exerting all efforts to reconnect the power cut-off in some places in the province that were greatly affected by the strong wind and heavy rains spawned by the typhoon.
Meanwhile, as of yesterday, the Provincial Agriculture Office has reported the estimated damage in the province’s agricultural sector amounting to P739,526,548 that includes the destruction in rice production and fishery.
Moreover, As of 11:00 am today, Ipo Dam water level measures 99.75 meters, Bustos Dam is 17.45 meters while the water level at Angat dam measures 201.25 meters which has risen from the 196 meters recorded last October 11. It is still, however, way below its spilling level of 210 meters.