Barangays, schools, and private establishments in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, are urged to take part in the citywide earthquake drill, dubbed “The Big One”, 3 p.m. on March 24.
The city government, through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, will hold the drill to assess disaster response and preparedness, a government press release said.
Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer II Siegfred Kent Uy said scenarios, such as road accidents, river crossing, fires and tsunami incidents, will be simulated in different areas of the city to give information and prepare the people if these incidents will happen.
The coverage of the drill will be from Negros Oriental State University Bayawan-Sta. Catalina Campus, which is the boundary of Sta. Catalina town and Bayawan, until Barangay Pagatban, the boundary area of Bayawan and Basay town.
The Office of Civil Defense is one of the evaluators that will critique the drill and assess the city in terms of disaster preparedness.
LDRRMO II Lester Jay Camarillo added that since the city has not identified yet the evacuation centers, they will use the city plaza and an open area in the public market as immediate evacuation centers for the drill.
The activity is headed by DRRMC, in partnership with the Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Air Force, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Land Transportation Office.
Meanwhile, the Bayawan City Veterinary Office held a free clinic and dog walk recently, in support of the Rabies Awareness Month observance.
Honey Lyn Tonogbanua of the City Veterinarian Office said the activities aimed to promote rabies control and encourage owners to have their pets vaccinated, and raise awareness about rabies mitigation and responsible pet ownership, the press release said.
Tonogbanua added there are also rabies symposiums and information and education campaign on rabies in the 28 barangays of the city.
CVO records show that Bayawan has 6,900 dog population, and no rabies case recorded, so far. It said owners of 70 dogs participated in the walk and 48 sought clinic consultations. The free clinic included castration, spay-ligation, consultation, vitamin supplementation, deworming, and anti-rabies vaccination, the press release added.*
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