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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, December 12, 2014
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‘Brgy level warnings needed’

The Negros Occidental Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office has recommended the improvement and establishment of a warning system at the barangay level after 211 barangays were affected recently by Typhoon Ruby.

There are 662 barangays in Negros Occidental, including those in Bacolod City.

Typhoon Ruby may have spared the province from its wrath, but it affected 21,275 families, or 111,133 individuals. There was no reported casualty, however, PSDWO records show.

Records of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture and Provincial Veterinarian Office also showed that damage to crops, fisheries and livestock reached P48 million.

In her report to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Liane Garcia recommended that camp managers of the Department of Education or school-in-charge should be trained on disaster camp or evacuation center management.

There is also need to improve or repair evacuation center facilities, especially toilets, water and power supplies, and cooking areas, she said.

Garcia also recommended that child-friendly space should be operationalized upon the activation of evacuation centers, and the Barangay Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council should be capacitated on Damage Assessment Needs Analysis, with LDRRMCs should maintain a stockpile of food and non-food items.

The PSDWO also reported that it has distributed 3,609 family packs to the evacuees, on top of 8,156 family packs extended by the PDRRMC.*GPB

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