The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council rolls out to areas of the Province of Lanao del Norte where a great number of people converge such as in terminals, highways, ports and cemeteries on October 31 to November 2, 2017 in observance of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. The influx of passengers that comes in and out of the province which the council sees could cause traffic congestion and overcrowding in the areas.
“Oplan Ghostbuster” was organized by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense to ensure safety and orderly during Undas, It is known that families use these holidays to bond and reconnect with relatives. As expected, a great volume of people will be compelled to go home to their respective hometowns and visit their departed loved ones.
The municipalities monitored by the PDRRMC were Kolambugan, Maigo, Bacolod, Kauswagan, Linamon, Tubod, Baroy, Lala and Kapatagan. The Council coordinated with the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Municipal Emergency Response Teams, Philippine Red Cross, Municipal Health Units, AFP 15thIB, 43rdInf PA, 53rd Mechanized, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to monitor the high density areas and prevent any circumstances that might bring inconvenience to the people.
The PDRRMC went into and help man the town terminals and booths throughout the three-day “Monitored Travel Period.” This initiative by the council eases the burden brought by long queues and avoids untoward incidents. The Council also provided free transportation to the disabled and senior citizens in Kapatagan Dunggu-an & Curvada Cemetery. Ambulances and Fire trucks were on standby as well and the Evacuation Centers were manned 24 hours a day.
The operation was smooth and successful. There were no major incidents reported throughout the three day period. Oplan Ghostbuster was supported by Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in-line with the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative, as the lady Governor chaired the PDRRMC in the Province of Lanao del Norte in which she is sincere in making the people safe and secured all the time. PIO-LDN