City Hall reminds brgys to activate DRRM plans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:11

By VIC LARATO

With the onset of the rainy season, the city government is reminding once again some of the 98 barangays to formulate and activate their own disaster risk reduction management DRRM plans.

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) issued the reminder during the press briefing in City Hall yesterday, saying that only about 60 of the city’s 98 barangays have so far activated their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (BDRRMCs).

“We have been communicating with the barangay officials concerned to already activate their BDRRMCs. There is a process for that and we will help them out,” Apolinario said.

“There is nothing best than being prepared for any eventualities,” he added.

After the long dry spell, the CDRRMO head said, the city is now experiencing rainfalls and even preparing for the “La Niña” phenomenon.

It can be observed, the CDRRMO through the Public Information Division of the City Mayor’s Office has been issuing public advisories, urging barangay folks to stay alert and take necessary precautions amid the heavy downpour in the city this week.

Apolinario said the prevailing situation calls for all barangay councils in the city to already come up with the BDRRM plans, given the fact that they are always aware of the emergency that may occur in their village.

Early last week, Mayor Beng Climaco issued Executive Order No. BC 18502016, creating the technical working group (TWG) tasked to formulate the contingency plan for “La Niña” in the City of Zamboanga.

The TWG will convene tentatively on July 1.

Also in preparation for La Niña, Apolinario said the city government is pursuing the construction of slope protection and shoreline protection projects, now already 95% completed and are expected to be turned over next month.

These slope protection projects are located in barangays Lamisahan, Cabatngan, Bunguiao, Lumbangan, Sinunuc, Manicahan, Labuan, Lunzuran, Cabaluay, Salaan and Dulian Bunguiao.

As this developed, Apolinario announced yesterday that the city government is likewise pushing for the proposed construction of the city’s evacuation center in Cabatangan.

He said the project will occupy almost half hectare lot atop Cabatangan hill—complete with building area, road network, fence, site development, water tank and generator set.

He said the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) headed by Usec. Alexander Pama  is going to help finance the project.— Vic Larato