LAOAG CITY, July 13 (PIA) - Ilocos Norte joins the nation in the observance of Disaster Resilience Month this July with series of disaster preparedness activities such as earthquake drills and tree planting in Ilocos Norte.
According to Marcel Tabije, head of the Provincial Resiliency Office here, their office is set to conduct earthquake drills in selected schools in the province within the month.
“Resiliency kits are also given to the school administration as part of their emergency facility. Tools such as pails, dippers, and basins are distributed for utilization,” Tabije said.
A tree planting activity will also be conducted in Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte on July 14 to preserve and protect the nature.
“The purpose is to encourage the people to be more aware, to be more prepared, and know what to do before, during, and after any calamity that may occur in the province,” Tabije added.
The local disaster council also doubles its effort in bringing down and promoting vigilance during calamities through partnership with national agencies and broadcast media.
According to Tabije, their office provides timely disaster announcements and warnings to radio stations for broadcast. Police stations are given a heads-up for immediate response.
Lastly, the Office of Information Technology at the provincial capitol has proposed advisory boards from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) for Smart network users in the province. (JNPD/MJTAB/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)