The Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) advised Ilonggos, especially those who live in island-villages, to store food and water supply this early, in preparation for the impact of Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri).
During the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) meeting at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol yesterday, officials of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) informed the members of the council that no boats will be allowed to ply the waters of northern Iloilo.
“The distance from the mainland of Concepcion and Carles towns are far from its islands that is why boat trips plying that routes are not allowed as we have weather disturbance,” Dr. Jerry Bionat, PDRRMO head, said in an interview.
Bionat said he had already talked to the municipal mayors of Carles and Concepcion to disseminate to their constituents the necessary steps to prepare for a tropical storm.
Among these is for residents to store food supplies like rice and milk for children that are good for three days.
“They must also wash plastic bottles and store there the drinking water that can sustain them when they cannot go out of the house,” he said.
Aside from food and water, people in the island villages are also advised to secure medicines, first-aid kits, gasoline or firewood, and extra battery for transistor radios.
This is to prevent a repeat of the food shortage experienced by the island villages in Concepcion and Carles in August.
The prolonged bad weather disrupted the livelihood of the fishermen in these towns and hindered residents to travel to the mainland to replenish their food supply.
Citing Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., Bionat said the residents will be kept safe and secured during weather disturbances if they heed the advice of the local disaster officers.
If food and water run out in the island-villages, the PDRRMO head assured that the province and the local government units are ready to augment relief needs.(PNA)