Davao City installs new alert and warning system

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DAVAO CITY — The city government of Davao purchased seven (7) sirens to augment the city’s Public Alert and Warning System Project and installed the same to the densely populated and disaster-prone villages.

In a press statement released by the city government of Davao, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief Alfredo Baloran identified the areas where the new sirens were installed as the following: Barangays Panacan, Vicente Duterte, Maa, Bucana, Talomo Proper, Sirawan, and Barangay 23-C.

The CDRRMO recently conducted simultaneous testing to determine the reach and range of the signal and to make adjustments or add more sirens should it fail to reach the desired areas.

Baloran, said the testing was meant for the calibration of the new sirens, test their functionality, and see its range or reach.

“We have to observe kung asa kutob ang maabot niya, and range niya, especially sa mga densely populated areas. Kung dili sya maabot, we will suggest for additional sirens didto nga lugar (We need to observe the range of the sirens, especially in the densely populated areas. If it doesn’t reach them, we will suggest for additional sirens in those areas),” Baloran said in the statement.

While the city’s existing sirens in Toril Fish Port, Matina Aplaya, City Hall Annex, and R.Castillo are sounded off every Tuesday at 12 noon.

The sirens serve to alert or warn Dabawenyos of a weather disturbance or something dangerous is approaching such as flooding, landslide, or storm surge.

Along with the coronavirus-19 threat, the CDRRMO is doing its best to enhance the city’s preparedness through an upgrade of alert and warning equipment and information dissemination on any form of calamity or disaster.

CDRRMO is celebrating July as the National Disaster Resilience Month by radio guesting to better inform and improve disaster preparedness of the public, as well as the distribution of disaster preparedness posters and pamphlets.

Very Davaoeño is also encouraged to always prepare the emergency GO-bag which contains essential items such as medicine, first aid kit, and important documents that can be carried when a disaster hits their area. –Newsline from CIO report

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