Disaster risk reduction office gears up for Holy Week

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has already made preparations in time for the observance of the Holy Week on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Mario Verner Monsanto, CDRRMO chief, said teams of responders will be deployed to Malasag site in Barangay Cugman and Guadalupe shrine in Igbalalay Hills in Barangay Tablon, two of the religious areas in the city where people are expected to converge by the hundreds this week.

Monsanto said starting on April 17, Maundy Thursday, a CDRRMO team will join the members of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), City Health Office (CHO), Red Cross and barangay officials in monitoring the movement of those who are headed to Malasag site to join the station of the cross.


Also on standby are rescue volunteers from Rescue 2000 and other groups.

He will also set up a communications center in the area. A rescue vehicle will be available in case of emergency.

At the Guadalupe shrine, the CDRRMO will be assigning two teams that will be stationed at two strategic areas, one on the top of the hill and the other near the chapel.

A contingent of responders and rescue volunteers will be assigned to the area, and a set of “urban search” equipment such as ropes, lights and harnesses will be on hand.

Emergency medical services like stretchers will be made available in case someone in need of medical attention has to be evacuated from the site to the nearest hospital.

Monsanto said his office is prepared to conduct rescue operations in case the water level on the river leading to the shrine will rise just like what happened last year.

At Malasag, the usual discomforts experienced by those making the religious visit are blisters and hypertensive condition, not counting the fisticuffs and drunkenness that were reported in the previous years.

On Easter Sunday, Monsanto said the CDRRMO will activate its “Baywatch” operation with Barangay Bonbon as its main station.

He said a rescue boat will be making the round in the city’s coastal villages from Bugo to Bulua.


Meanwhile, Allan Porcadilla, CDRRMO administrative and training officer, said there is nothing to be alarmed about the downpour that started Sunday and continued well into Monday.

June Frivaldo, weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said Monday the city will continue to experience cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms until April 17, Maundy Thursday.

On April 18, Good Friday, it will be partly cloudy with brief rain showers.

Frivaldo said the wet Holy Week is due to the presence of “rain band” or clouds that bring rains to Northern Mindanao, based on the Pagasa satellite image.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 15, 2014.

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