ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Sept 6 (PIA) — The number of evacuees from the municipalities of Morong, Binangonan, and Cardona is still big due to the high water level of the Laguna Lake and the continuous rains in the area of Rizal.
“The local government units (LGU) has been holding a series of meetings regarding the flooding which has affected three barangays, namely, barangays San Pedro, San Juan, and CCL,” Morong Information Officer Dickson San Juan said.
As of September 5, Brgy. Pedro evacuation centers still house four families; Brgy. CCL houses around 200 families and the most heavily hit, Brgy. San Juan, is housing around 44 families in its chapels, 116 families in the covered courts, and 320 families from the lakeshore communities.
According to San Juan, the Morong River which has the same water level as the Laguna Lake is the main contributing factor to the slow ebbing of floods in Morong.
The municipality of Cardona has 3,316 affected families; 420 families of these are housed in the local hospital, schools, day-care center, and municipal hall said Erwin Dionisio, Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer.
“These floods and the lake’s water level usually take around 90 days before subsiding. As of now, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office is still providing relief assistance.” Dionisio said.
The Cardona LGU also received food and non-food relief goods from Vice President Jejomar Binay, Rizal Governor Jun Ynares, Vice Governor Frisco San Juan, 2nd District Congressman Isidro Rodriguez Jr., ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya, TV 5’s Tulong Kapatid, Philippine Red Cross-East Rizal, local churches, and UNICEF.
Line government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development 4A provided relief goods, Department of Health – CHD 4A distributed sanitary kits, and the Laguna Lake Development Authority provided potable water.
Local WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities are also active. “We have already done the rounds in 18 barangays twice and have briefed them on WASH. Elementary schools, high schools and non-government organizations have also been briefed in both WASH and DRRM.” according to WASH Officer Reynaldo Lopez Jr.
Binangonan MDRRMC officer-in –charge Fernando Gondraneos said there are around 6,091 families or 20,516 affected people as of September 3.
Out of Binangonan’s 40 barangays, 36 of which are affected and 34 are still partially submerged, with 940 families or 4,018 people still in evacuation centers, covered courts, chapels schools, and makeshift evacuation centers.
Gondraneos said that there are still food and non-food supplies available and they are prioritizing the citizens which are still in evacuation centers.
Morong, Cardona, and Binangonan are still actively monitoring the situation of evacuees. (CPG/GG-PIA 4A)