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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

OCD prepares Batanes for La Niña

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In anticipation of La Niña, the Provincial Local Government Units of Batanes on Tuesday received non-food items assistance amounting to more than 8 million pesos from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

This includes the 7 generator sets given to the province earlier to allow the local executives to continue working during calamities.

“We are now preparing for the rainy season and La Nina. Batanes is prone to strong typhoons and is always isolated. The key is pre-positioning adequate relief goods and equipment so these will be available immediately when they need them.” Civil Defense Administrator, Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno said.

“The Local Government Units are at the frontline during emergencies. They are the first to help. That is why we need to empower them by enhancing their capabilities].” he added.

The non-food items include family packs, shelter repair kits, hygiene kits, and ropes that can help more than 400 families.

Governor Marilou Cayco received the donation in a turnover ceremony held at Batanes State College.

Usec. Nepomuceno led the turnover. He was joined by Deputy Administrator, Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, OCD Cagayan Valley Regional Director Leon DG Rafael, and OCD Central Director Jekeeren Joy Casipit.

The said officials also met with the municipal mayors of Batanes to discuss various DRRM concerns in their respective areas of responsibility.

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