Fabian bats for comprehensive disaster response program here PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 June 2012 15:52

District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian is batting for the formulation of a comprehensive disaster response program in Zamboanga City in view of the advent of the rainy season, start of the typhoon period in the country.

This, the solon added, will enable the city government to respond better, faster and more efficiently if and when disaster strikes the city.

Fabian’s rejoinder came after the Department of Interior and Local government through Secretary Jesse Robredo concluded a one-day forum on disaster preparedness with Mayors of the region last Tuesday.

The 2nd District solon said while the city has been spared by disastrous calamities like the ‘Typhoon Sendong’ experience in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, ‘Typhoon Ondoy’ in Metro Manila and Luzon, the floodings in Cotabato and Sulu, the city must take lessons from these experiences to further hone its disaster response program.

Fabian also called on the participation of barangays in the campaign to mitigate the effects of disaster, they being the first line of defense especially in the outskirts of the city proper.

Zamboanga City of late has suffered from flash floods due to unusually heavy rainfall of late.

Parts of the city proper, as well as large swaths of land in the east and west coast got flooded, resulting to damage to property and agricultural crops.

Fabian acknowledged though the readiness of key relief and emergency response agencies in answering calls of distress from city folk in times of emergencies.

He added, emergency response must be a well coordinated effort involving everyone to act at moments’ notice when disaster strikes.

A master plan of response could provide the blue print to help guide the people on what to do in cases of emergencies.

He also called on the people to help protect the environment as this provides a natural buffer against any weather disturbances.

Forests, rivers and waterways must be protected to allow free flow of water in times of heavy rainfall.

The city watershed area, where a bill filed by solon is awaiting approval is the city’s natural cover shielding Zamboanga from the effects of flooding and deadly landslides.

He added, his office is always ready to respond to calls for help and assistance in times of disasters in the city.