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Editorial cartoon for Typhoon Chedeng. Image credit: Sunstar

Ph gov’t continues to be on full alert over ‘Chedeng’

Editorial cartoon for Typhoon Chedeng. Image  credit: Sunstar
Editorial cartoon for Typhoon Chedeng. Image credit: Sunstar

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Even with the slight weakening of Typhoon Chedeng, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) along with other member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) remain on full alert over the possible effects of the typhoon.
In a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo this morning, Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, DSWD’s focal person for disaster response, reported that the different members of the Response Cluster of NDRRMC have been activated and are ready to respond to any situation that ‘Chedeng’ might bring.
She added that all the members of the response cluster were able to provide orders or directives to their regional, provincial, and municipal teams to get ready and coordinate with the local government teams.
For instance, she said that monitoring teams were deployed in airports, ports and terminals to provide immediate aid to people who will be stranded.
She further stated that in case Typhoon Chedeng’s impact becomes huge, the Department will implement the ‘twin region’ scheme wherein DSWD-Field Offices not affected by the typhoon will provide manpower and resource augmentation to those directly hit.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.