VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – In observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July, the provincial government led the kick-off ceremony of the NDCM after the employees’ flag raising ceremony on Monday.
Col. Rhodyn Oro, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Pangasinan, welcomed the council members from various line agencies, departments and private groups in the activity anchored on the theme: ‘Kahandaan at Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa.’
“Laging iniisip na kapag may sakuna, tungkulin lang ito ng provincial government pero dapat natin ipaintindi na disaster management must be a way of life and everybody must be involved,” Oro said during the ceremony.
He said the thrust of the council is to work hand-in-hand to achieve a resilient and developed Pangasinan in its journey towards disaster management.
Gov. Amado I. Espino III, chairman of the PDRRM Council, rallied the members and provincial employees to always be vigilant and prepared for disasters. He asked the help of everyone to help them feed the right information on disaster to every barangay.
Since bad weather is expected during rainy season, the governor also announced that he has localized the suspension of classes by leaving the discretion to the city and municipal mayors because they know better the real situation in their locality.
“Safety ang pinakaimportante. I give it to the mayors in every town and city to decide on the suspension of classes. Sa pag-iikot namin kahapon, ‘yung mga ibang parte ng Pangasinan, hindi naman nakakaranas ng ganoon kasamang panahon (because of the monsoon rains enhanced by typhoon Butchoy) so it’s up for the mayors to decide on the suspension,” Espino said.
The governor also tasked Col. Oro to update the inventory of equipment and personnel of the members of the council in preparation for any eventuality.
Further, Espino announced his new program to help in disaster mitigation and environment protection which is to devote one hour every Friday afternoon to help clean the shoreline of the Lingayen beach.
“Every Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., each department of the provincial government will devote one hour, doon tayo sa beach, maglinis tayo. One hour, hindi na po siguro mabigat. Magsama tayo ng mga estudyante para ma-establish sa kanila ang pagmalasakit sa environment,” Espino said.
“Hindi lang tayo sa opisina sa computer o sa papeles, nagmamahal din tayo sa kalikasan,” he added.
Part of the kick-off ceremony is the briefing and coordinating conference for the council members which was held right after the ceremony. (JNPD/VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)