Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

69th Courier Anniversary Issue
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Nolcom chief: Actual response measures disaster promptness
by Spencer P. Cayabyab

The chief of the military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) commended the various disaster risk reduction and management offices and private rescue groups and paramedics in the Cordillera for being well equipped, but said actual response is still the basis of true assessment for disaster readiness and preparedness.

Lt/Gen. Romeo Tanalgo, Nolcom commander, said Cordillerans and communities in the region have always been resilient to calamities but still, the various DRRMOs together with private rescue groups have been continously upgrading their skills in search, rescue, and retrieval operations.

However, he added actual response will still be the basis of the true assessment.

“Culturally, Cordillerans are resilient. Naipakita natin iyan noong 1990 earthquake,” Tanalgo said, referring to the July 16, 1990 quake that jolted Baguio and its environs resulting to many deaths and damage to properties worth billions of pesos. Baguio was able to get back on its feet after the killer quake.

Tanalgo also acknowledged the continued procurement of equipment by the DRRMOs, which he claimed are crucial to disaster readiness and preparedness.

Last weekend’s National Disaster Resilience Month launching was highlighted by a showcase of disaster response equipment at the Melvin Jones grounds by the various DRRMOs from Baguio, La Trinidad, Tuba, and Tublay in Benguet, Luna in Apayao; Alfonso Lista in Ifugao; Sagada in Mountain Province, and Abra.

Brand new chainsaws, helmets, fire extinguishers, pliers, communication devices, and other simple machines used in rescuing trapped victims were shown in the exhibit.

The completeness of the equipment by the La Trinidad DRRMO caught the attention of Tanalgo.

Yoshio Labi, La Trinidad’s DRRMC Officer III, said their rescue team is proud of their rescue equipment especially their newly bought satellite phone which will make communications more effective during disaster response.

The 503rd Infantry Brigade showed their capabilities in rescuing trapped people in the middle of a forest.

The booth of Police Regional Office-Cordillera, focused on their preparedness during earthquake.

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