Disaster Warning System Must Be Improved

The provincial coordinator of the Civil Defense Office in Negros Oriental admitted Monday the need to improve on the current local early warning system in times of disasters and calamities, more specifically on real time reporting.

Civil Defense coordinator Allen Cabaron stressed that ideally feedback on any type of natural or man-made hazard, like an earthquake, must be released immediately to the local or provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management councils.

While the deputized Civil Defense coordinators, now known as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officers, in the 20 towns and five cities of Negros Oriental, are in the frontline of the communication, coordination and reporting system of each DRRM council, other members are also expected to get actively involved, Cabaron said.

Cabaron’s acknowledgment of the lack of a better reporting system came as Engr. Joe Molas, science research analyst of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology seismic station in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, lamented the seemingly indifferent attitude of some quarters in reporting or providing information on the Magnitude 3.9 aftershock.

The quake rocked Tayasan and other nearby areas in the north of the province last Friday.

Molas, while admitting that not all people are trained to determine the strength and intensity of an earthquake and still many others are not as sensitive to feel the earth shaking, said he tried but could not get early response from contacts in northern towns that could have been affected by the tremor.

The DRRM officers, deputized by the local chief executives to act as focal persons for disaster management in the LGU level, had last year attended an enhancement seminar conducted by the PDRMMC, said Cabaron.

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