Brgy chiefs are ground commanders In times of emergencies, says Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:46

To ensure quick response in times of calamities and emergencies, Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday said all chairmen of the City’s 98 barangays should act as incident commanders on the ground who will be the first responders in any incident that occur within their areas of responsibility.

“What we want to do under this administration is to secure that all of the barangays become the incident commanders on the ground,” she declared stressing that after assessment and evaluation by the barangay officials, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) and the City Government will come in to respond and assist.

“The LGU implores all barangays to immediately do their risk reduction plan since the disaster plan of the city has already been approved,” she said. “Necesita tamen sila hace [el disaster plan] para man assess el maga areas prone to calamities and then the City through the CDRRMC will also respond to this in the purchase of equipment in the 2011-2012 budget to respond to emergency situations.”

The mayor also urged all Barangay Councils to immediately submit their Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (BDRRMP) which will serve as protocol in times of calamities.

The BDRRMP will be an assessment and identification of different areas in the barangays that are prone to calamities or risks.

The mayor issued the call during the 2nd day of the Barangay budget forum at Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar which was attended by District II barangay officials.

Meanwhile, Climaco said the City Agriculturist and the City Engineer are finalizing their reports regarding damages to crops, fisheries and infrastructures due to flooding and landslides spawned by continuous rains from Friday until Sunday.

She said the reports which will come with recommendations will be the basis for the immediate repair of the facilities destroyed during the calamity.

“We thank the components of City Social Welfare and Development Office, police, Red Cross, Task Force Zamboanga, Bureau of Fire protection and the barangays that responded to the incidents as well as DSWD  which sent 500 food packs for all families affected [by weather-related incidents],” she said.

Affected by the flooding and or landslides were barangays Limpapa, Patalon, Labuan, Curuan, Tugbungan, Pasonanca, Divisoria and Curuan. — Sheila Covarrubias