To ensure the safety of Abreños during habagat, Governor Joy Bernos convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) for an emergency meeting on August 14, 2019, at the Provincial Capitol Governor’s Gallery.
During the meeting, the body agreed on the suspension of all tourism activities in Abra to avoid any hazard brought by inclement weather. The suspension was done with the Joint Public Tourism Advisory released by DRRMC and Office of Civil Defense-CAR on August 11, 2019.
The Council will also equip the ferrymen with first aid and basic life support skills to strengthen the emergency response as suggested by the Provincial Health Officer.
Situational reports were also delivered by members of PDRRMC.
PNP-Abra reported that there were no untoward incidents and injuries due to habagat as of August 14, 2019. However, there were reported landslides in Supo, Kili, and Poblacion-Tiempo roads of Tubo; and Bollilising-Tamac road of Villaviciosa. The rivers in Tumbal and Botic, Luba and the two spillways in Tubo (Pasik and Bakabak) are not yet passable.
DILG-Abra have monitored landslides in Ap-apaya, Villaviciosa; Tangeb, Poblacion, Lacub; Pacac, Dolores; and Malanas-Aguibo road in Malibcong through MDRRMOs.
DPWH has cleared the roads in Nalbuan and Subagan, Licuan-Baay; and Gacab, Malibcong while PEO reported that all provincial roads are open to traffic.
The occurrence of tornadoes in Labaan, Bucloc and in Manayday, San Isidro on August 9, 2019, were also reported during the meeting. LGUs, PDRRMO, SWAD-Abra, and the Philippine Red Cross Abra Chapter have responded and provided emergency kits and aids to the 52 affected individuals.
The Social Welfare and Development-Abra has 739 family food packs for relief operations and NFA assured sufficiency and availability of rice supply.
DTI-Abra also reported that there is a sufficient supply of basic commodities in the market and grocery stores.