TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan (PIA) - - Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Ting-Que said in a recent press conference that the city government is currently implementing preparatory procedures in case tropical storms or heavy rains should affect the city.
According to the local chief executive, the city-wide pruning of potentially hazardous trees, and the de-clogging of drainages to mitigate rain flooding is ongoing.
“Time and again, we have instructed our barangay officials to coordinate with the General Services Office and the City Engineering Office [if they have need of pruning and declogging services, since it is the ‘ber months’ and rains will be frequent],” she added in a mix of English and Tagalog.
Mayor Ting-Que also relayed that the Caritan Creek has also already been cleared of water lilies that contribute to the overflowing of the said creek, through the assistance of the Cagayan provincial government’s long-arm excavators.
Another disaster preparedness initiative of the city government is the To Give First program where barangay officials and volunteers, and schools will be given disaster resiliency training. A component of the project involves a moral recovery program to keep the youth away from delinquency by involving them in civic work like rescue and first aid courses.
According to the mayor, the program is expected to be implemented by the end of September.
She also gave an update that the City Social Welfare and Development Office is currently preparing relief packs in anticipation of a potential storm.
The said disaster preparedness projects are a direct response to the problems encountered during the arrival of Typhoon Florita last August, where certain parts of the city experienced first-time flooding due to clogged drainages, as well as falling trees. (JKC/PIA Region 2/With photos from Tuguegarao 101 FB page)