By Mar Supnad
CAMP TOLENTINO, Bataan — Out of the 237 barangays in Bataan, 98 were identified as flood-prone areas where 84,136 families reside, PNP-Bataan reported during the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment Meeting recently.
A total of 34 barangays were landslide-prone areas occupied by 5,905 families, Police Senior Insp. Victor Corpuz, deputy chief of Provincial Operations Plans Branch, said.
Meanwhile, two landslide-prone barangays in the towns of Dinalupihan and Bagac were being actively monitored by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of DENR.
Alex Tanciongco, MGB science research specialist, said Brgy. Pinulot, in Dinalupihan and Brgy. Pantingan, in Pilar are closely checked due to recent incidents of landslide.
He warned that most of the areas around the foot of Mt. Natib and Mt. Mariveles are prone to landslide.
All police personnel must undergo water search and rescue (WASAR) training as the rainy season persists, PNP-Bataan chief Police Senior Supt. Marcelo Dayag said.
During the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment Meeting, Dayag said a total of 179 personnel will undertake the training slated in August.
This will bring a 100 percent trained police force as a total of 491 personnel already finished the WASAR.
Jose Mari Garcia, Manager of the Phil Information Agency here, also said that the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is in the process of preparing relief goods enough for 7,000 households or 35,000 individuals.
PSWDO reported that each pack of relief goods contains eight canned goods, noodles, soup ingredients, 3-in-1 coffee and may also contain rice in case of adequate supply.