Beng creates Ad-interim City Disaster Mgt. office PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:02

In fitting observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, Mayor Beng Climaco has designated and placed various city employees on administrative detail at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) (ad interim) for the purpose of setting direction, development, implementation and coordination of disaster risk management programs in the city.

The ad interim office is stipulated in Administrative Order No. BC 06-2014 which took effect Tuesday, July 1 and shall be in force until such time the CDRRMO is created and institutionalized by virtue of a City Ordinance.

Based on Republic Act 10121, the CDRRMO is considered a mandatory office and that each province, city or municipality shall prioritize the establishment of the office. Barangays shall also prioritize the establishment of the DRRM committee.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D. is designated as officer-in-charge of the ad interim office in a concurrent capacity. Employees designated and placed on administrative detail to the said office come from the offices of the City Mayor, City Engineer and City Administrator.

The CDRRMO includes various divisions and units such as the Administration and Training Division, Research and Planning Division, Operations and Warning Division, CCTV unit, Traffic management unit and Emergency Responders Unit.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) headed by Mayor Climaco, approved Wednesda afternoon two resolutions, initiated by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr.- one confirming the CDRRMO ad interim and two, approving the designation of Dr. Apolinario as the office OIC.

Based on the Local Government Code, Orendain remains as the executive officer of the CDRRMC and is tasked to give administrative support and service in tiems of man-made or natural calamities.

Meanwhile, the CDRRMC building at Pettit Barracks is now 95% complete. Some rescue equipment that the City set to purchase such as the aluminum ladder, chain saw, communication equipment, portable generators, bolt cutter and microphone with siren had been delivered while the rest such as tents, towerlight, back hoe and grader are on transit.

Two rescue boats with engine and trailer and 6 rescue boats without engines have been submitted for bidding. — Sheila Covarrubias