TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan- Provincial Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PCC-DRRMO) officials Chito B. Matias and Daisy M. Baguisi disclosed activities of Disaster Office during their Oplan Semana Santa in Kapehan sa Kapitolyo earlier today, April 22.
Emphasizing the importance of preparedness, Matias and Baguisi said that they assigned group of responders in different areas including Tuguegarao, Penablanca, Gonzaga, Lallo, Tuao, Iguig and Sanchez Mira for the Oplan Semana Santa.
During the Semana Santa, they were in full red alert and the PCCDRRMO staffs were 24/7 ready in case of emergencies.
They also added that 70% of their fund is allocated for preparedness. Moreover, the equipment for disaster management such as aluminum boat with outboard motors were already deployed before the Semana Santa. There were also 10 rescue vehicles on standby.
Aside from that, the disaster office had trainings and capability buildings. Also, more drills will be expected for the responders to enhance their abilities and improve their services for firm security.
However, unwanted incidents are inevitable as there were reported 6 casualties from drowning within the municipalities of Sto. Nino, Solana, Tuao and Baggao. Cagayan is recorded to be the highest in drowning incidents during Holy Week.
According to Matias, most of the casualties were under the influence of alcohol. He then reminded everybody to be more cautious and responsible in their actions.
“Mas maganda na tayo ay nakahanda lagi kaysa sa wala tayong ginawa.” said Daisy Baguisi.
(It is better to be prepared than to do nothing at all.)
Furthermore, the observance of Semana Santa was said to be generally peaceful. It was recorded that there were lesser number of casualties this year than the last.
After being in red alert, the disaster office is now in blue alert as of today. northernforum.net
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