Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) regional director Olive Luces said that preemptive evacuations in all danger areas in the Cordillera region helped in preventing loss of lives and properties.
This, as the agency on Wednesday reported that the lone casualty of Typhoon “Pedring” in Benguet Province and the whole Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is still being verified.
The CAR has experienced over the past two years more than five natural calamities which claimed more than 500 lives that residents are now wary whenever weather disturbance occur.
Luces also confirmed that at least five spill gates of both the Ambuklao and Binga dams were opened Tuesday in anticipation of the great volume of rains in the area.
The spilled water from the dams did not bring any adverse effects to the lower areas like Pangasinan province.
Luces said that the immediate concern of most government agencies at this time is the re-opening of closed roads and the rehabilitation of various infrastructures and livelihood sources of residents.
The OCD reported, however, that due to the 150 kilometer per hour gustiness of the winds of typhoon “Pedring”, a number of houses in this city and the province of Benguet were damaged.