DAGUPAN CITY – Flood-affected Dagupenos are now receiving relief goods, with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez personally distributing the supplies in every barangay.

The  relief operation is a a joint undertaking  of the local government, national agencies as well as non-government organizations.

Some food packs came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Regional Office 1, St. John Cathedral School, Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other organizations, while medicines and hygiene kits such as clothing, toothbrushes, toothpastes, soaps and basins were given by the regional and provincial offices of the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, the City Health Office headed by Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera, together with Councilor Dennis Canto and Dr. Jesus Canto, also distributed Doxycycline capsules to prevent the risks of leptospirosis.

An estimated number of 44,138 families in all 31 barangays of the city were affected by the extreme flooding experienced in the city in the past few days. At least 799  were rescued by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and brought to designated evacuation cenrs.

At least 228 families or 985 individuals currently evacuated into the People’s Astrodome.

The extreme flood inundation was caused by the successive torrential rains brought about by Typhoon ‘Inday’ and Tropical Depression ‘Josie’.

Several other factors exacerbated the situation, including the high tide and swelling of the Sinocalan River which caused water to overflow to nearby low-lying areas following the collapse of a protective dike on Barangay Alibago, Sta. barbara.

Dagupan City was the first city in Pangasinan to be placed under a state of calamity on July 21, with other municipalities following shortly thereafter.

Since the onset of heavy rains, Mayor Belen Fernandez has been personally monitoring the flood levels in the city.

The local government is now currently conducting relief operations and distributing relief goods in all barangays as the floodwaters begin to subside. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)