City OKs plan to ease impacts of disasters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:21

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) now chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco approved on Thursday the Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan (ZCDRRMP), a holistic, comprehensive, integrated and proactive approach to lessening the socio-economic and environmental impacts of disasters.

Councilor Abdurahman Nuno moved for the approval of the ZCDRRMP and seconded by Councilor Cesar Jimenez Jr. after a short discussion on the matter. However, the approved plan was subject to styling and minor changes that will include all public schools as alternate evacuation centers in times of disaster.

Originally, the plan did not include public schools as evacuation centers in case of disasters purposely to discourage the use of schools as temporary shelters for the evacuees during calamities so as not to hamper classes.

The approved ZCDRRMP was the 6th draft that resulted from the series of discussions and revisions that started in 2012 under then Mayor Celso Lobregat, now congressman of the city’s first legislative district.

It will institutionalize the policies, structures, coordination mechanisms and programs with continuing budget appropriation on disaster risk reduction from national down to local levels towards building a disaster-resilient nation and communities. With the plan, the CDRRMC is now operational.

At the same time, the CDRRMC as also approved a separate resolution, authorizing the procurement of the so-called quick response equipment amounting to P8 million from the city’s calamity fund.

These equipment will include the disaster response vehicle, ambulance with medical and rescue equipment, cutters, plastic boat, fiberglass and PVC boats with trailers, aluminum boat, transport bag, batteries and other unique rescue equipment. — Vic Larato