LAOAG CITY — Except for the temporary suspension of on-going road widening projects due to Typhoon Dodong that hit northern Luzon, Ilocos Norte residents are grateful for the rain brought by ‘Dodong’ that came just in time when farm lands are drying up.
“We are thankful for the rain. The trees, the grass and our crops were revived,” said Rogelio Ceredon, president of the Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Dingras town.
Amidst early warnings putting Ilocos Norte up to Signal No. 2, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council has no recorded damages so far, bringing light to moderate rains in this northern part of Luzon.
As early as May 9, the PDRRMRC has already activated the Operations Center and provincial resiliency clusters as well as preparation of relief goods and equipment for rescue and relief operations.
According to latest weather bulletin of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), Dodong is now moving towards the Batanes Group of Islands as it is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday.
With light to moderate rains and some thunder early Monday, Ilocos Norte’s lifelines such as power, communication, transportation, telephone and water services are under normal condition
In a two-page report of the PDRRMRC submitted by Pedro S. Agcaoili Jr. chief, administrative unit to Governor Imee Marcos on Monday, there had been no recorded casualty and no emergency incidents reported yet.
As public storm signal in Ilocos Norte has been lowered to signal no. 1, the PDRRMRC remains on alert level of a possible storm surge warning while advising coastal residents to take precautionary measure.
Earlier this week, the PDRRMRC has conducted resiliency drills in the different parts of the province to ensure quick and proper response in time of natural calamities.