The City Government of Davao through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), in a bid to strengthen monitoring of coastal and river areas, and to provide early warning in the event of disasters, has identified more locations for river/coastal camera and siren installation in the city.

CDRRMO Head Alfredo Baloran, in an interview with the City Information Office on Monday, said that they will add a river camera in Barangay Bato in the third district, which will monitor the tributaries of the Lipadas River. This will be the second camera monitoring in the Lipadas River, as another camera has already been installed near a bridge in Lizada.

“Daghan man gud siya og tributary ang Lipadas River, so kadtong gibutang nato sa ibabaw ang tributaries dagko nga tributary didto, kaning sa baba ang makuha niya kaning daghan nga mga creeks ang naga-contribute (Lipadas river has many tributaries, so the camera placed on the upper area will monitor huge tributaries there, and this one for the lower area where many creeks contribute),” Baloran said, adding that each time there is an increase of water level at Lipadas River, it affects Barangay Sirawan, Crossing Bayabas, and Lubogan where many people are residing.

He added another siren will also be installed in Barangay 5-A, a densely populated area, which cannot be reached by the siren installed at the City Hall Annex located along Magallanes St.

“Kaning siren nga dako, naa ta’y isa ka [na-identify nga area] diri sa Bucana, Barangay 5-A dili man gud maabot sa atong siren sa Annex building, daghan kaayo’g balay didto so kailangan gyud magbutang didto (For the big siren, we have identified an area at Bucana area of Barangay 5-A because it cannot be reached by the siren installed at the Annex building, the area is densely populated so there is a need to install a siren there),” Baloran said.

The coastal cameras will be placed along the finished part of the coastal road, one will be at Puan, and one in the Bucana area. Initially, the city installed cameras for coastal monitoring at the Binugao Station, Agdao Station, Matina Aplaya Station, and Bunawan Station.

Baloran said the equipment to be installed is still being procured.

He said they were hopeful that the cameras and sirens would be installed as soon as possible so that they would be used to give information to residents in the impact areas in times of disasters or calamities. CIO.