DILG disaster preparedness caravan goes to Cupang

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Barangay Cupang in Muntinlupa is one of Metro Manila's communities that are highly at risk during calamities and naturally one whose residents should know what to do when disaster strikes.

The barangay was visited Tuesday by a disaster preparedness caravan of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to help prepare the community to handle any disaster.

The barangay is frequently inundated by floods from the runoff of the Laguna de Bay which overflow during heavy rains from the nearby East Kabulusan Creek as the water heads to Manila Bay.

Cupang is also vulnerable to dangerous ground shaking during an earthquake caused by the movement of the West Valley Fault close to the barangay.

Members of about 200 families gathered at the barangay gymnasium for lectures from DILG officials on how they can become self-reliant and avoid dependence on the government during emergencies.

Officials showed residents ways to turn ordinary buckets into emergency containers for ready-to-eat food, medicine, clothes, three gallons of water, a radio, a flashlight, and hygiene kits. They said these could be easily carried during an emergency evacuation.

Some families admitted that they still have much to learn to be prepared for emergencies. They used to think it was enough to seek shelter at evacuations centers during floods.

The DILG has also given P80 million to Muntinlupa for the construction of nine medium-rise buildings that will be used as relocation sites for informal settlers.