Beng highlights preparation for calamities PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:43

Mayor Beng Climaco has highlighted measures that the local government is undertaking to respond to calamities and disasters.

“We have to start, first, from acquiring the necessary equipments that can help respond to different disasters,” Mayor Climaco said in a press conference held Monday, July 14, at the city hall.

The city has to respond to different instances such as heavy rains, flooding as well as well defective riprap facilities, the mayor said. This has brought to approving the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), which is temporarily led by Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, Assistant City Administrator.

“Secondarily, we have to capacitate the employees of the offices under the CDRRMO to respond to calamities and disasters,” she continued.

One important innovation she cited is the strengthening of the 117 Call center, a  joint undertaking of the City Government and the Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) headed by Col. Erick Brown.

Set to be unveiled on July 24, the facility is expected to enhance patrol 117 so that proper actions and responses will be taken during calamities and disasters.

The creation of the CDRRMO (ad interim) is pursuant to administrative order no. BC-06-2014. Each city is mandated to establish a Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, which shall be responsible for setting the direction, development, implementation, and coordination of disaster risk management programs within their territorial jurisdiction. — Juseph G. Elas (WMSU-OJT/City Hall PIO