Albay has zero deaths after Ambo onslaught: Salceda

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Posted at May 15 2020 12:40 PM | Updated as of May 15 2020 01:44 PM

Albay has zero deaths after Ambo onslaught: Salceda 1
Residents wearing masks for protection against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at a school turned evacuation center as they prepare for Typhoon Vongfong in Legazpi City, Albay province, May 14, 2020. Nino Luces, Reuters

MANILA - An "appropriate" combination of coronavirus precautionary measures, and disaster response helped Albay province evade deaths during the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo, a lawmaker said Friday.

Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda said the province implemented preemptive evacuation and physical distancing when it braced for the storm.

"Naghanda po ang Albay at na-achieve natin ang zero casualty. May COVID na, may Ambo pa pero pinagsabay po diyan ang pagresponse," Salceda said in a virtual press briefing.

(Albay prepared and we achieved zero casualty during the storm even if there is a coronavirus pandemic because we responded simultaneously.)

"Gumamit po ng face mask at nagkaroon po ng social distancing at maaga po ang pagpapalikas ng tao," he added.

(Face masks were used, social distancing was practiced, and there was early evacuation.)

Salceda said getting the public's cooperation in Albay was easy given that the province is used to natural disasters such as typhoons, and volcanic eruptions.

"Sa katagalan po na humaharap kami sa mga kalaban katulad po ng mga disaster ay siguro naman mayroon kaming tinatawag na pananaw sa panahon na kailangan ay lagi kang handa, hindi mo pwede ibaba ang iyong depensa," he said.

(We've been facing so many disasters for so long so we are already used to always being prepared.)

As of Friday morning, Albay remains under signal no. 2 where winds of 61 to 120 kph may damage poorly constructed signs/billboards and down wooden or old electric posts.