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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Disaster preparedness: Philippine government showing signs of being proactive

Known for being reactive, the Philippine government is showing some signs that it is campaigning before calamities strike.
A flood management plan is being updated and an anti-dengue campaign is being raised months before the rainy season begins.
In a report by the Manila Bulletin, the officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are currently seeking the support of concerned departments and agencies in Metro Manila to update its flood management master plan.
The DPWH is spearheading a risk assessment study that will determine the problem areas within the capital.
The twin typhoons that hit the Luzon Island in 2009 and engulfed most parts of Metro Manila and northern Philippines are still fresh in most Filipinos' memory.
In the mean time, as a result of massive floods, can dengue be far behind?
The health department yesterday urged village captains to come up with their own ordinances or resolutions in its campaign against the deadly mosquito-borne disease that affects hundreds of people in the country every year.
In another report by the Manila Bulletin, the Department of Health held a dengue summit in the National Capital Region where health workers signed a draft for a comprehensive ordinance to promote dengue awareness that will uphold the roles of the village officials, municipal health officers and school officials.
Hopefully, the initiatives will carry on especially now that the country expects a short summer period due to the La NiƱa phenomenon.
Watch the attached YouTube video.
Details of this report here.

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