Thursday, August 14, 2008

San Roque Power Plant and PDCC team up for disaster preparedness

LINGAYEN--- The San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) has proposed for the integration of its emergency action plan (EAP) with the existing disaster preparedness plan of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) to avert further loss of lives and properties due to natural and man-made disasters.

In a recent joint conference meeting held at Capitol Resort Hotel, Tom Valdez, senior vice president of SRPC, said the San Roque Dam emergency action plan aims to educate and prepare the people for “emergency situations such as uncontrolled release of dam waters and dam breaks due to strong earthquakes.”

He said however that dam break is a very remote thing to happen as the dam could withstand the maximum earthquake.

The EAP, he said, helps identifies specific responsibilities and actions during dam emergency situations by following a notification flow chart from dam operator to concerned emergency respond agencies which include the Office of the Civil Defense, PAGASA, Office of the Governor through PDCC, media and downstream municipalities.

Valdez said the SRPC plans to conduct an EAP drills involving the members of the PDCC in order to come up with an effective and synchronized disaster preparedness plan in the province of Pangasinan.

Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan, speaking in behalf of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr, chairman of the PDCC, cited the efforts of the SRPC saying that the proposal is very timely as the Philippines is a disaster-proned country being visited frequently by typhoons.”

“We need a more organized and prepared plan of action to effectively respond to the needs of our constituents during calamity,” he said. But what matters most here, he added, is to have a well-organized and well-prepared people at the community level because they will be the first to attend to their immediate needs.

For his part, Pangasinan PNP Provincial Director Senior Supt. Isagani Nerez, vice chair of the PDCC, said the joint meeting of the SRPC and PDCC opens an opportunity to rejuvenate and energize the province’s disaster management team.

“Theory and practice must come together in order for us to respond effectively to our constituents during natural and man-made disasters,” he stressed.

Executive Assistant Paterno Orduña assured the SRPC of the support from the province as he added that the PDCC would soon be equipped with the state-of-the art gadgets and a pool of well-trained team which are vital in saving lives during emergency situations.

Considered as the 12th world’s largest and 2nd tallest dam in Asia, the San Roque Multi-Purpose project, which generates 345 megawatts for the Luzon grid, stands 200-meter high with a crest length of 1.2 kilometer-long embankment dam on the Agno River spanning the municipalities of San Manuel and San Nicolas. (Merly R. Tibalao/PIO)

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