By Dave Albarado
TAGBILARAN CITY – The provincial government of Bohol is preparing for the approach of Tropical Depression Samuel, which will impact the province by Wednesday based on the forecast track of the state weather bureau.
In an urgent meeting Monday afternoon of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRMMO) presided by Gov. Edgar Chatto at the new command center inside Camp Bernido, it was learned that relief goods have been propositioned and some rescue vehicles from the province manned by provincial disaster first responders are ready to assist Boholanos.
The Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response (TaRSIER) 117 is the operations arm of the PDRMMO.
It is the first response emergency agency of Bohol, especially during disasters.
PDRMMO chief Dr. Anthony Damalerio assured that the relief goods are ready for distribution, should the need arise.
Damalerio presented to the disaster council of the province the situation of the tropical depression, which has the potential to become a tropical storm before landfall.
According to the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the storm is expected to hit land this week.
In his report, Damalerio said that the storm may impact the town of Ubay and the rest of the eastern part of Bohol island.
As such, the towns of Candijay, Duero, Guindulman, Anda, Alicia, and Mabini are going to be affected by the weather disturbance, Damalerio said.
He added that low lying areas and flood-prone areas in these towns are being monitored.