The Operations Center of the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera (OCD-CAR) raised its alert level status to BLUE in support to the Philippine Military Academy’s Alumni Homecoming and will continue to heighten alert in connection with the celebration of Panagbenga 2016 until March 6. This is in support to the emergency plan of the Baguio City DRRM Council and the Baguio Flower Festival Organizers or Panagbenga Office.

It is also the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s proactive stance for any possible emergency situations. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is manned by the OCD Cordillera skeletal force and concerned members of the council on a 24/7 basis. BLUE alert is raised from February 18 to 25 and the status will be elevated to RED from February 26 to 28 during the highlights of Panagbenga – the grand street parade and the grand float parade. Alert level status will be lowered to BLUE from February 29 to March 6.

The blue alert status is the partial activation of the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council EOC in preparation for potential crises or imminent threats due to the high influx of spectators and tourists. During this phase, intensified courses of action on alert and monitoring, operational coordination, response resource mobilization and information management shall be implemented; together with the prepositioning of assets and alerting of response teams from each agency.

“We’re aiming to attain greater result in reducing impacts of any worst case scenario. We would like to ensure that the festival will be peaceful as how it is being celebrated annually.” said OCD Cordillera Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy.  

OCD Cordillera Operations Chief Jerome Paragas reminds the public to stay vigilant especially when in a crowd-growing events or high density gathering like Panagbenga.