Issue of August 5, 2018
     
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Sustained trainings on DRRM pay off
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

The disaster resilience trainings conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in the 128 barangays have been paying off in beefing up the city’s response capabilities during calamities.

CDRRMO Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer II Louie Glenn Lardizabal said although still not massive, the benefits of the trainings are being felt by their office, particularly in the recent episodes of monsoon rains.

“Before, all concerns, even the flimsy ones, were being phoned in for us to respond to. Now, people only call in to report on the actions the barangays had undertaken,” Lardizabal said.

He said for this year, their office has conducted trainings for responders and volunteers in 50 barangays. They hope to cover all the 128 barangays as they continue with the program on a yearly basis.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city government recognizes the value of the barangays in disaster programs, being the first in the line to respond to calamities and other emergency situations.

To continue to empower the barangays, the city has been sustaining trainings and supplementing them with rescue equipment and paraphernalia to promote resilience among residents.

LDRRMO II Julius Santos said the trainings are part of the programs under the four-pronged disaster risk reduction and management plan of the city, which are prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery. 

Based on rules, the CDRRM Council chaired by the mayor with City Administrator Carlos Canilao as action officer activates the operations center during disasters like typhoons or during heaving downpour.

The council is composed of sub-committees made up of various city offices and divisions with specific tasks mainly aimed at minimizing if not preventing casualties and damage; and ensuring enough food supply, evacuation centers, effective rescue operations, infrastructure restoration, and other needs.

City Engineering Office officer-in-charge Edgar Victorino Olpindo said they have seven teams for rescue operations even as they are also in charge of clearing and cleaning canals and waterways all over the city to prevent flooding.

The Office of the City Social Welfare and Development headed by Betty Fangasan takes charge of relief operations for the evacuees and facilitates emergency shelter assistance to the victims.

The operations center hotlines are 442-1901, 1902, 1904, and 1905.


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