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Benguet shifts back to COVID-19 operations after typhoon

Philippine Information Agency
22 May 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22, (PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas is thankful that the province of Benguet was spared by typhoon Ambo over the weekend and the provincial government shifts back its attention to COVID-19.

PAGASA raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal Number 2 over the province of Benguet and the rest of the Cordillera region during the height of the typhoon on May 15. Fortunately, there was no reported typhoon related damages to persons and properties.

Diclas reminded that the people of Benguet though to be vigilant as heavy rains continue to hit the province in the afternoon caused by localized thunderstorms

As precautionary measure for typhoon Ambo, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council immediately called for a Pre-disaster Risk Assessment meeting last week with the different department heads, line agencies and other officials in the province to ensure preparation of the different sectors. The provincial government and the DSWD prepositioned food packs in the municipalities.

Municipal local governments were instructed to conduct pre-emptive evacuation as early as possible particularly in identified vulnerable areas and danger zones such as those which are frequently hit by landslides and swelling of water bodies.

Shifting back to COVID-19, the Provincial Emergency Operations Center is assisting overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals following the guidelines of inbound and outbound procedures.

The PLGU is also fasttracking the implementation of the Assistance in Crisis Situation that provides cash assistance to individuals or families that are affected by the community quarantine but have not received aid from the Social Amelioration Program or other forms of assistance from the government.

The province has 10 confirmed cases with eight already recovered and two still recovering. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

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