Marikina City ensures all its evacuation centers in the city’s 16 barangays are ready in case the situation escalates as typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) draws near Metro Manila.
The assurance was made after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Public Storm Signal Number 2 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as the typhoon may landfall tonight in the Bicol region and head towards Southern Luzon.
“In times of evacuation, the Department of Education-Marikina activates its system of deploying teachers and principals assigned with respective responsibility in the schools that serve as evacuation sites. They underwent practice and orientation so they are prepared for any eventualities and can be relied on as evacuation camp managers in their respective areas,” said DepEd-Marikina’s Division Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Dr. Elizalde Cena.
Among the city’s 17 public elementary schools and 15 public high schools, schools serving as evacuation centers for the residents in the riverside communities are Nangka Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 42 classrooms), Hermogenes Bautista Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Concepcion Integrated Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Malanday Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 60 classrooms), and Sto. Niño Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 25 classrooms). When situation worsens, additional schools such as Marikina Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School, Leodegario Victorino Elementary School, Kalumpang Elementary School, Tañong Elementary School, Barangka Elementary School, Parang Elementary School, Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina High School, and St. Mary Elementary School will be opened to accommodate even more evacuees.
To guarantee evacuees’ safety during their stay, each school has been inspected recently by the School Repairs and Maintenance Office (SRMO) and ensured that its facilities such as classrooms and restrooms are working soundly and efficiently.
In relation, the city government through the City Health Office also alerts its eight medical teams composed of four health personnel each who would be deployed to the evacuation centers to check on evacuees’ medical condition. Medicines such as antibiotic, paracetamol, mefenamic acid, cough tablet and syrup, antacid, ointment, oral rehydration solution (oresol), as well as multi-vitamins, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C supplement) have been allocated.
“We ensure that every evacuee’s medical needs are taken care of in order to prevent any occurrence of disease in the evacuation center,” said City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera.
For Brgy. Tumana resident Carmela Salazar, the presence of health workers in the evacuation centers gives her and her family a sense of relief knowing that these health professional can be reached when a need for medicines and medical check-ups arises in the evacuation centers.
“The service that these health workers provide during a calamity is really something we should be thankful for. When we need to evacuate, we’d feel complacent that Marikina City has this kind of service,” she said.
Aiming for zero casualty, the city government of Marikina keeps a keen eye on the track of Glenda. It likewise ensures that barangays covering the riverside communities namely Brgy. Nangka, Brgy. Tumana, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Sto. Niño are ready in case the situation worsens in the next couple of days.