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LGUs told to carry out early disaster readiness measures
by Press release

The Department of the Interior and Local Government reminded local government units to do their early preparedness actions and “not wait for the 11th hour before taking action to safeguard their communities and people from typhoon and other hazards.”

Sunod-sunod na naman ang mga bagyo pumapasok sa ating bansa kaya inaatasan natin ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na maging laging handa.Huwag na nating hintayin ang unos bago tayo kumilos,” said DILG Spokesperson and Usec. Jonathan Malaya.

During a forum on LGU Protocols and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), Malaya said that LGUs are mandated by law to carry out disaster preparedness actions, and if necessary, emergency measures before, during, and in the aftermath of disasters in their jurisdictions. Malaya said that under RA 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010, the role of LGUs in DRRM can be summed up in three: reduce risks, reduce vulnerabilities, and respond and recover in times of disasters.

“We know that we must build the capacities, readiness and resiliency of LGUs and the communities but building resilience is not just a matter of teaching the technical staff or acquiring technical know-how.… that is why the support and the political will of the governors and mayors and the local legislative bodies are very important,” he said.

The DILG has earlier directed local chief executives, who are also the chairpersons of their respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils, to be present in their areas to prepare for an impending typhoon. Otherwise, they could face administrative cases.

It has also issued a memorandum amending the guidelines on local and foreign travel of local officials which includes the recall of travel authority issued them by the DILG Secretary in case there is an emergency, and/or natural or human-induced disaster.

Lagi nating ipinaalala sa mga lokal na opisyales na importante ang kanilang pisikal na presensya sa kani-kanilang lugar upang maging tagapanguna sa paghahanda kapag may paparating na malakas na bagyo,” he added.

He said the DILG through its Local Government Academy has developed Operation Listo, a national advocacy program for disaster preparedness and disaster risk management at the local level which advocates the disaster readiness not just of the LGUs, but also of the communities and families at the household levels.

“The DILG has given all LGUs the Listo Manual to guide them on the sets of minimum critical “things-to-do” during an impending weather disturbance or tropical cyclone. So walang dahilan para hindi nila malaman kung ano ang kanilang dapat gawin,” he said. Malaya said the new and improved Listo Manual V.3 contains not only the preparedness checklist of city and municipal mayors, DILG field officers, chiefs of police and fire marshals but also provides authority to LCEs to undertake pre-emptive or mandatory evacuation when necessary and other progressive actions on preparedness and response depending on the alert level classified into three: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie.


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