Mandaue to use ‘early warning system’ to promote vaccination, health protocols

ASIDE from warning residents of possible flashfloods and other disasters, Mandaue City’s early warning system (EWS) being installed in the city’s riverside barangays will soon be used to remind residents to get themselves vaccinated and follow health protocols.

With the number of active Covid-19 cases in the city continuing to increase at an alarming rate, the Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) decided to use the EWS it has installed along the city’s rivers and creeks to intensify its information drive in reminding the residents to follow the minimum health protocols and promote the city’s vaccination rollout.

Buddy Alain Ybañez, MCDRRMO head, said they altered the EWS so that they could enforce its information drive to residents living near the city’s riverside areas

In times of calamity, the EWS would warn residents near the riverbanks to evacuate, especially if the river would rise to dangerous levels.

The EWS is equipped with a camera, water level sensor and siren, all connected to the city’s Command Center in Barangay Centro.

Ybañez said with the EWS now reprogrammed, they can now make announcements to those living in riverside areas in the city.

The City has installed EWS at the 6.5-hectare relocation site in Barangay Paknaan; along two bridges in Barangay Subangdaku; at the Butuanon River; in Sitio Guba in Barangay Casungtingan; at the riverside of Barangay Banilad and the Cambogaong Bridge.

Aside from this, Ybañez said they tapped the 27 barangays to conduct village-wide information disemmination to constantly remind their constituents to follow the minimum health protocol and to remind them to get vaccinated as a precautionary measure against the highly contagious Delta Covid-19 variant.

As of Saturday, July 31, 2021, the Department of Health reported that Mandaue City had a total of 961 active Covid-19 cases. (KFD)