CASIGURAN, Aurora: The province of Aurora was lauded as a “model in disaster risk management and reduction.”
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama said that Aurora was “ground zero” when Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu) hit on Saturday.
Unlike the previous storms that dealt death and destruction in minutes, Casiguran town endured eight hours of torrential rains and strong winds.
The injured residents had to be transported to near- by Baler town for treat- ment because Casiguran’s hospital was in shambles.
Despite the devastation, the town recorded only two fatalities.
Pama said the local government units (LGUs) of Aurora were able to ensure safety of many residents.
“Sila po ngayon ay sa ating mga modelo sa disaster risk reduction management sa buong bansa [They are now one of the models for disaster risk reduction management in the entire country],” Pama said.
Aurora Gov. Jerry Noveras reported that in Casiguran alone, more than 5,000 families suffered from the onslaught of Lando.
Conchita Descarga, Barangay chairman of Calabgan, was grateful for the national government’s response during and after the typhoon.
She said that the officials were persistent in implementing forced evacuation of residents in danger areas so that the problems after the storm was minimal.
Four days after the typhoon hit, relief goods from the national government reached Casiguran.
Pama, Interior Secretary Mel Sarmiento, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, and other officials who visited the area to check on devastation wrought by the typhoon in Csiguran.