Bataan spared from Ruby’s wrath


    BALANGA CITY– Bataan  literally was spared from the wrath of Ruby.   Although placed under Signal No. 3 and       downgraded later to No. 2, only moderate winds  and light rains were experienced from Monday  night to Tuesday     dawn in most parts of the province. 

    On the whole day of Tuesday, merely rain showers prevailed.  “Maraming salamat  sa Diyos,” said senior citizens Juanita Evora and  Telek Bugay of Sta. Lucia, Samal town. Geofrey Loyola, chief of the Bataan  Capitol’s Management and Information System,  said the supertyphoon- turned-tropical-  storm inflicted no  damage to both property and people from  11 towns and one city.

    Loyola, also spokesman of Gov. Albert  S. Garcia, said pre-emptive evacuations were made in coastal villages. As of Monday  night, more than  9,000  persons were placed in different evacuation centers.  “Noong Martes ng umaga, halos 400 tao  na lamang ang   naiwan a evacuation center  ng Limay at Orionat pagsapit ng hapon  ay nag-uwian na rin,”

    Loyola said. Gov.  Garcia on Monday announced  that manpower, equipment and relief goods are ready in Bataan inpreparation for Ruby.  The governor suspended classes in all  levels, both public and private, in the whole province   Monday and Tuesday.

    Workers were rushing the repacking of relief goods consisting of three kilos of rice, canned       goods and coffee per pack at the National Food Authority  warehouse in Balanga City. Tess Senora, chief  of the Office of CivilDefense said personnel and rescue equipment  ere ready.

    She showed two of three  rubber  boats, two ambulances  and various equipment for rescue operations. She said that dumptrucks and other equipment from the  Department of Public Works And Highways,  provincial engineering office, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army were prepared. “Personnel  and equipment are ready any time,” Senora said.


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