Climaco cites need for infra dev’t on disaster prevention PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:06

Zamboanga City although outside of the country’s typhoon belt has not been spared by the destructive forces nature and from all indications the risk of facing disasters whether natural or man-made is imminent.

Thus, Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday cited the urgent need for a lot of infrastructure development and coordination that the city government and the barangays being the first line of defense have to address to prevent if not mitigate disaster risk in the future.

Climaco issued the statement as she welcomed the participants and resource persons to the disaster risk reduction seminar yesterday afternoon at Centro Latino.

The activity was organized by the newly-created City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office headed by Dr. Elmeir Apolinario in coordination with Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) represented by Allan Labayog, who was one of the resource persons.

Another resource person was City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, who lectured on barangay accounting rules and regulations, considering that most of the seminar’s participants were the chairmen and kagawad of disaster-prone barangays in the city.

In her message, the chief executive urged the barangay officials to unite in a common desire to effectively respond to all forms of disasters, with the end in view of preventing the loss of lives and properties.

“We need to unite and be prepared to know what to do in times of emergency,” Climaco said.

Climaco also reminded the barangay officials from disaster-prone areas to always exert the efforts of having “sensitive information through text messages” verified and validated by the authorities or better still contact her when the need arises.

“You can text or call me so that I can go on the ground to verify any information,” she said. — Vic Larato