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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, November 7, 2013
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Trees pruned for storm

2-day suspension of
classes ordered


Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria yesterday announced the suspension of classes in all levels today and tomorrow in preparation for super-typhoon “Haiyan”, that will be locally named “Yolanda”, when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility today.

Gov. Roel Degamo also ordered the suspension of classes in all levels for schools under the Negros Oriental Division of the Department of Education tomorrow, a memorandum signed by assistant schools division superintendent Dexter Aguilar, stated.

Sagarbarria said the city’s Rescue 348 is on standby alert with all equipment in place, and the Social Welfare Office has been alerted for relief operations as needed.

Moratorium on construction
of gasoline stations proposed

A moratorium on the construction of gasoline stations in Dumaguete is being proposed by Sangguniang Panlungsod member Nelson Patrimonio, who said that several applications for their establishment are now pending at the City Mayor’s Office.

He said there is a need to review the city’s Zoning Ordinance first, to determine if it is possible to establish gasoline stations in outlaying barangays to extend the economic activity, not just in the poblacion areas where gasoline stations are mushrooming.

The city now has more than 30 gasoline stations.

Trees pruned for storm

Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City governments are pruning top-heavy trees in preparation for the “super typhoon” with international codename “Haiyan”.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council held an emergency meeting at the old session hall of the Capitol in Dumaguete City, presided over by Gov. Roel Degamo, with Board Member Erwin Macias, Dumaguete Councilor Dan Leon, Jose Chu of the City Disaster Management Office and representatives of government agencies and civil society organizations present.

Degamo said the pruning of trees must be completed today to reduce disaster risk. He reiterated his order for the pre-positioning of logistics, manpower and other resources and relief goods.

The Macias Sports Center and the exhibit area of the Negros Oriental Convention Center were identified as temporary shelters, in case of pre-emptive evacuation, Adrian Sedillo, PDRRMC executive officer, said.

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