Local officials here are now equipped with more knowledge and skills on how to respond to disasters and calamities.
This, after they convened in a four-day seminar on how to analyze hazards, prepare plans, identify needs and have an overall awareness for calamities.
The seminar-workshop, dubbed “Enhancing the Local Government Unit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation”, was spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with the support of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
Myrvi Apostol-Fabia, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) director for Angeles City, said the workshop aimed to capacitate the barangays and its officials on how they were going to respond to certain disasters and calamities.
“Let us remember Cagayan de Oro and how it was devastated from typhoon Sendong – we should not wait for such to happen in Angeles City,” Apostol-Fabia said.
She said that all the measures were required to be used in the city’s attempt to be awarded the DILG’s “Seal of Disaster Preparedness.”
“The seminar also aimed to see if the city is ready to face calamities, mitigate disasters and prevent them in the near future. Several aspects like availability of equipment, contingency planning, emergency response, search and rescue and the formulation of a disaster and risk reduction management plan is all covered,” she said.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, for his part, said that the city had to further strengthen its efforts to combat disasters that might occur in the future.
“The cooperation of all our barangay officials is an imperative to make the city and its citizens safe from any untoward incidents during the occurrence of heavy rains and strong typhoons,” Pamintuan said.