By Jet Manalastas
OFFICIALS from the City of Marikina have expressed elation over the zero casualty in the city following the devastating monsoon rains induced by Typhoon Maring.
In a statement, Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo and Mayor Del de Guzman lauded the Project Noah and at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for efficient operation and monitoring.
The two attributed the timely, accurate and effective response of the local government units to the onslaught of Typhoon Maring to the precise warnings, substantial information, and ample lead time provided by Project NOAH/PAGASA to Marikina City.
Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) is a program of the national government as response to the strict orders of President Benigno Aquino to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation that will provide lead time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods.
According to Quimbo, Marikina receives the brunt of rains and floodwaters from San Mateo, Antipolo, and Montalban, resulting in fatalities and massive economic losses.
But this changed when the national government provided the local government units with a potent tool to adjust and cope with typhoons through Project NOAH/PAGASA, Quimbo said.
Through Project NOAH, relocation of families in flood-prone areas has also become more efficient and systematic. Project NOAH gives the officials and residents from 3-6 hours lead time which allow them to carry out an orderly evacuation, he added.
For his part, De Guzman said that there are no recorded casualties as of now in Marikina.
This article was originally published in People’s Journal Online on August 25, 2013