ROSALES, Pangasinan, July 15 (PIA) — Rubber boats were turned over by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to Pangasinan and the local government units of Rosales, and Alaminos City to be used in times of disasters.
Undersecretary Proceso Domingo, head of the special concerns office of the OCD, enjoined members of inter-agency committees of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) to be more proactive in times of disasters rather than be reactive.
The rescue equipments, he said, will improve the readiness of each province in the region in disaster risk reduction and management.
Domingo underscored the focus areas to be rolled out by the national government agencies, the civil society organizations, and LGUs in order to manage disaster and reduce risk for every citizen. These include strengthening community-based early warning systems in order to assure the security of vulnerable populace living in coastlines and riverbanks; reviewing and enhancing contingency plans for multi-hazard scenarios; and planning a concerted pre-disaster recovery so that mechanisms are already in place in the event of sudden disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.
OCD Region I director Melchito Castro said the theme “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan” implies for a safer community to live which is an ultimate challenge for every concerned agency.
“But in the end, the will to survive and our resiliency as Filipinos will always endure and triumph,” Castro said.
Board Member Amadeo Espino who represented Gov. Amado Espino Jr. thanked the OCD and the RDRRMC for the valuable help and support to the province.
Mayor Ricardo Revita received the equipment for Rosales town while city administrator Col. Wilmer Panabang represented Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza.
Revita said the usual culprit to be blamed in disasters is the changing climate caused by the public’s misdeeds and negligence in the past.
“Preparation is our best defense, investment on equipment and trainings are our tools and prayers are our hope for deliverance,” he said.
He also reminisced the time when he moved to acquire a rubber boat seven years ago, people disagreed as there was no sea or lake in the town. But people saw the importance of the equipment when typhoon Pepeng swept the town with flood waters as high as seven meters, Revita added.
Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Risk Reduction Act of 2010 further strengthened the resolve of the Office of Civil Defense to live to its mandate specifically in terms if disaster risk reduction and management. Moreover, the timely passage of the law paved the way for a clearer mandate relative to the Climate Change Act. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)