Giving face to heroes of disaster

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Mar 11 (PIA) — The Office of the Civil Defense is giving a face to heroes of those who responded during times of disaster by recognizing individuals in the public and private sectors.

More than 2,000 individuals in the Ilocos Region were recognized as “Bannuar ti Amianan (Heroes of the North)” in fitting ceremonies last March 1.

The Bannuar ti Amianan, the OCD’s first project this year, was meant to honor people who supported and contributed in various disaster operations last year.

Melchito Castro, OCD regional director, said the recognition was also designed to strengthen their partnership with other entities pursuant to Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

Among the awardees included Corazon G. Salindong, division chief of local government monitoring and evaluation division under Department of Interior and Local Government; Police Supt. Franklin Jesus B. Bucayo, former Ilocos police director; San Fernando City Mayor Pablo C. Ortega; Myrna C. Cabotaje, Department of Health regional director; Marcelino Nicomedes J. Castillo; Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director; Commodore Nodolfo V. Tejada of the Philippine Navy-Naval Forces Northern Luzon; Engineer Veniedo O. Reyes of the Department of Public Works and Highways; Sr. Supt. Aloveel B. Ferrer of the Bureau of Fire Protection; Sr. Supt. Marlou C. Chan, Pangasinan police director; Gemma Cacas, ABS-CBN Dagupan station manager; Jun Elias, Star Northern Luzon editor; Edwin Fontanilla, DZNL Aksyon Radyo station manager; Christopher Estolas, DZWN Bombo Radyo station manager; the Association of Regional Executives; and La Union Lifeguards Association, among others.

During the ceremony, La Union Vice Governor Augusto Aureo Q. Nisce commended the OCD for recognizing those who worked in disaster-response as heroes.

“It only shows that we have the passion to serve the people. We hope this (recognition) will further inspire everyone to support disaster operations,” he said.

Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino, the program’s keynote speaker, was unable to join the event due to prior engagement. Board Member Von Mark R. Mendoza, spoke on Espino’s behalf. He expressed the hope that the recognition rites will further enhance, strengthen, and improve to bring all players in the disaster operation. (MCA/MHH-PIA1, La Union) – See more at: http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=1901362473120#sthash.9L4J98PK.dpuf

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