VIGAN CITY, July 17 (PIA) — The city government has conducted series of lectures on disaster preparedness in all public schools here for the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration.
The lectures were done in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine Red Cross.
Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina, chairman of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), said the disaster preparedness orientation on fire prevention and safety, first aid, disaster management, fire drill and earthquake drill, and rescue operations are focused in the month-long celebration.
“This is to increase awareness among the students in times of calamities,” Medina said, urging students to help in the campaign for protection of the environment to lessen the impact of climate change.
Medina added that the city government has strengthened the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Task Force to respond in times of natural disasters in this Heritage City.
The task force is composed of CDRRMC, BFP, PNP, CMP, Public Safety Office, and Red Cross Volunteers.
The city government, in cooperation with the PRC, has also conducted a three-day seminar training on ambulance management to share knowledge on what to prioritize in cases of emergency and calamity.
The mayor also reported that Councilor George Villanueva, chairman on the Committee on Disaster Management, had filed a resolution in the Sangguniang Panglunsod for the mandatory and pre-emptive evacuation of residents of coastal barangays before typhoon strikes.
Meanwhile, City Fire Marshall Floro Obrero said the BFP also conducted lectures and drills in the 39 barangays of Vigan to ensure direct involvement of civilians, including non-governmental organizations in the prevention and suppression of destructive fire.
Obrero said the Community Volunteer Fire Brigade was organized and trained to assist the BFP in the rescue operations during calamities. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)