In times of disasters and calamities, evacuation centers play an important role in ensuring the safety of displaced families and individuals. An isolated municipal island such as the Municipality of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro is one of those that is in dire need of a place to shelter its constituents during unfortunate times.
Thus, Mayor Michael Orayani paid a courtesy visit to Secretary Dennis Hernandez of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Southern Tagalog (OPAST) to make a thank the latter and to make a follow up on the details of the granted evacuation center, February 13.
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Also present in the meeting was Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) MIMAROPA Regional Director Brig. Gen. Ruben Carandang.
It is to be remembered that the Municipality of Lubang was heavily hit by typhoon Tisoy back in December 3.
Strong wind and heavy rain damaged scores of households which led the local government unit of Lubang evacuate residents to schools and others government offices.
It even came to the point when Mayor Michael Orayani made an appeal to the public and to the national government to send help after their stock pile of food packs has ran out.
Occidental Mindoro District 1 Board Member Philip Ramirez was one of the firsts to send help by contacting someone his friend from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Food packs were then immediately dispatched to Municipality of Lubang the following day to hungry Typhoon Tisoy victims.
But what matters the most is the presence of an evacuation center which Mayor Orayani looks forward to in the hope providing more security to his constituents during typhoons and calamities.
Mayor Orayani has also invited OPAST Sec. Hernandez and OCD MIMAROPA Regiona Director Carandang to visit Lubang to personally see the situation in hope of justifying the need for an evacuation center.
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