Alaminos stregthens disaster response and preparedness
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- City Mayor Arthur Celeste stressed the importance of a well prepared City’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) to handle possible calamity or disaster that may hit the city.
Because of that commitment, Mayor Celeste ordered last month the personnel of CDRRMO to undergo benchmarking in Subic, Zambales, one of the country’s best local government units in terms disaster response and risk reduction.
City Administrator Emielou Gellado and Mylene Manalastas, head of the CDRRMO and led other city employees and staff to Subic, Zambales to learn more on the latter’s best practices on disaster preparedness and emergency response.
In Subic, their counterparts briefed them on disaster operations and protocol, camp management and evacuation activities and a review of Typhoon Lando operations.
LDRRMO of Subic is a perennial Gawad Kalasag awardee of the National Disater and Coordinating office of the Office of Civil Defense.
Mayor Celeste said since the rainy and typhoon season is already here, everyone in the city must be prepared, vigilant and taking extra precautions.
“Every place is vulnerable to natural and man-made calamities. This makes it more important for us to be prepared at all times. Emergency preparedness should begin at home,” he said.
Celeste has already instructed the CDRRMO, CSWDO and CGSO including the barangay officials to assess their readiness and to make all the necessary preparations.
“We have to ensure that every family is safe. I urged our city mates to continue doing their share and in helping us improve our program on disaster preparedness and in building a more resilient Alaminos,” Celeste said.
In response to Mayor Celeste’s call for preparedness, the CDRRMO conducted recently a disaster preparedness conference at the city’s multi-purpose hall in Brgy. Bolaney. It was participated in by punong barangays and council members who head the committee on disaster preparedness and emergency response in the villages.
Manalastas said the activity is a continuing information-dissemination campaign on the disaster preparedness program of the city.
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