Oplan SUMVAC launched for the summer

PANGASINAN Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has activated the Oplan Summer Vacation (SUMVAC) 2018 to ensure public safety of motorists and visitors to Pangasinan for the duration of the summer vacation., or until June 3.

Avenix Arenas, PDRRMO spokesperson said, Oplan SUMVAC was launched to ensure public safety for those who are heading to the beach areas and to the main thoroughfares and convergence areas like malls and churches.

Task Force Bantay Dagat in the 15 coastal towns and cities have been activated as well not only to monitor the safety of the beachgoers but to stop illegal fishing, too.

The Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) headed by P/Superintendent Virgilio Pascua, has also deployed as augmentation forces along Lingayen Beach area and national roads to ensure orderliness.

Five teams of the Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) have been deployed in the beach towers in Lingayen beachfront to ensure safety of the swimmers.

Flag signs have been installed along the Lingayen beachfront to warn the public where it is dangerous and/ or safe to swim.

The red flag warns of big waves and occurrence of rip current; violet flag for presence of jelly fish that may result in jellyfish sting; yellow flag warns swimmers to be cautious in the area while green flag says swimming is safe.

Meanwhile the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) have started to distribute flyers to motorists informing them of the alternate routes headed further north and Baguio City to avoid expected traffic congestion in the Sison town.

In the traffic advisory of the Pangasinan PPO, it advises the public to either take Route #1 to Baguio/La Union via Villasis-Malasiqui route ( left turn at Villasis-Malasiqui- Sta. Barbara-Mangaldan-San Fabian and vice versa, 47.8 kilometers, 1 hour and 18 minutes driving); Route #2 to Baguio/La Union via Urdaneta City-Manaoag route (to take left turn to Urdaneta City-Manaoag-San Jacinto-San Fabian and vice versa, 26.7 kilometer, 1 hour and 25 minutes driving); Route #3 Baguio/La Union route via Binalonan-Laoac route (to take left turn to Binalonan-Laoac-Manaoag-San Jacinto-San Fabian and vice versa, 27.5 kilometers, 55 minutes driving, or via Pozorrubio-Manaoag route through Pozorrubio-Manaoag-San Jacinto-San Fabian and vice versa, 28.1 kilometer route, 1 hour and 2 minutes driving, to avoid traffic congestion in Sison and Rosario from the normal route along Maharlika Highway now known as MacArthur Highway or better known as the Manila North Road (MNR) from Rosales to Sison, a 45 kilometer and 1 hour 16 minutes driving.

In case of emergencies, Pangasinan PPO posted the hotlines of the following police stations of Rosales (0998-958-5140), Villasis (0998-598-5136), Urdaneta City (0998-598-5134), Binalonan (0998-598-51-29), Pozorrubio (0998-598-5131), Sison (0998-598-5132), Pangasinan PPO (0936-909-7844 and 0998-598-5092). (Nora Dominguez)

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