Lazatin orders pre-emptive evacuation of households near riverbanks, creeks

ANGELES CITY — Mayor Carmelo ‘Pogi’ Lazatin Jr. on July 24, 2023 has ordered a pre-emptive evacuation of all households near riverbanks and creeks throughout the city. 
Mayor Lazatin instructed Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (ACDRRMO) Rudy Simeon and City Engineer Donato Dizon to lead the said pre-emptive evacuation on July 25, 2023.
Mayor Lazatin said in the event of an emergency, the city government, thru the ACDRRMO and CEO, is ready to respond to any rescue, evacuation, and clearing operations.
“Mainam na maging alerto at handa po tayo, kaya pinapairal natin ang pre-emptive evacuation,” Lazatin said.
This is in line with the latest weather bulletin, from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), where Angeles City was placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 as of July 24, 2023, 5PM.
According to Simeon, the ACDRRMO is closely monitoring the major river channels in Angeles City, the Abacan River and Sapang Balen Creek.
As of this writing, no incident of overflowing and soil erosion on both sides of the riverbanks and creeks have been reported.
Waterflows in Sapang Balen creek and Abacan River are still under normal condition.
The ACDRRMO is in continuous coordination with the 33 Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils for any alerts in case of Typhoon Egay’s onslaught.
Meanwhile, Engr. Dizon said that his roving teams are ready to clear roads from any obstructions.
Lazatin wants to ensure everyone’s safety in the event of emergencies like strong winds toppling down certain obstructions.