Barangays told to set up separate evacuation, isolation centers

Lyndon Leovic Ancajas

With the onset of the rainy season in July, disasters such as flooding, landslides, and rising of water in the riverbanks are expected occurrences.

To ensure that disaster preparedness and timely evacuation will be implemented while ensuring the safety of Dabawenyos amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) instructed barangays prone to flood, fire, and landslide to set up separate evacuation and isolation facilities. Likewise, protocols such as social distancing shall also be observed.

“We have instructed the barangays of flood, fire, and landslide prone areas in Davao City to set up a separate evacuation for identified persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs). They also have to look for other evacuation area as an alternate kasi hindi sila puwede magkumpol-kumpol like the covered courts with the physical distancing minimum requirements there is a need to look for another evacuation center,” said Lyndon Leovic Ancajas, administration and training chief of Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DCDRRMO) in Connect media forum via messenger room. 

Ancajas said majority of the barangays already submitted their designated isolation facilities at DCDRRMO.

Some barangays, he said, opted to use their respective multipurpose hall for isolation. “No need to create another building just use the existing building and convert it into an evacuation or isolation facility.”

To ensure that infection will not happen inside the evacuation centers, Ancajas said DCDRRMO has coordinated with the City Health Office (CHO) to conduct Covid-19 testing among the evacuees.   

Meanwhile, in line with the observance of the 2020 National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) for the entire month of July, the DCDRRMO will be posting disaster preparedness videos from the Project Disaster Information for Nationwide Awareness (DINA) on the official facebook page of DCDRRMO.