NegOr DRRMC exec assures readiness of LGUs in disaster response
DUMAGUETE CITY, July 8 (PIA) — The executive officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Negros Oriental has assured the readiness of Local Government Units (LGUs) here in responding to any incident of disaster or calamity that may arise in second half of this year.
“Ako masaligon ko sa kapabilidad sa atong mga lokal na kagamhanan, ang atong lungsod ug dakbayan, even ang atong mga kabarangayan. Na-expose na sila sa daghan pagbansay-bansay unsaon pag atiman aning nagkaiyang klase sa katagalman (I am confident that local government units in our cities and municipalities in our cities and municipalities down to the barangay level are capable to respond to any incident of disaster. They are already trained and exposed on what to do during disasters),” said PDRRMC Executive Officer Adrian Sedillo.
Sedillo gave the statement during the PIA-IATF-EID “Straight from the Source” Press Briefing yesterday which tackled disaster resilience measures amid the new normal.
This is also marks the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month with the theme “Sama-samang pagsulong tungo sa katatagan sa gitna ng bagong normal.”
He also noted that Gov. Roel Degamo, who sits as chairperson of the PDRRMC, has acknowledged that while the provincial government is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not turning its back on the problems caused by natural or human-induced hazards.
Sedillo disclosed that the 2020 Quick Response Funds (QRF) of the provincial government is still intact.
“Naay instruction si governor na bahigon ang kwarta kay we are not dealing only with Covid-19. Naa tay other hazards na i-take care also. Naa tay nabilin na pondo for 2020 na QRF (Governor Degamo directed the allocation of funds since we are not only dealing only with COVID-19, we have other hazards to take care of also. We have substantial budget for the 2020 QRF),” he explained.
Sedillo added that the governor has committed to provide substantial amounts to LGUs to aid them in their COVID-19 response, particularly in accommodating their Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) so that the 2020 QRF will not be diminished since it is intended for disasters and calamities.
Meanwhile, in line with the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month, Sedillo reiterated the call for the public to always practice disaster preparedness measures.
“While ang atong focus naa sa Covid-19, naa mga panghitabo on the sidelines (While we focus on Covid-19, we are aware of the things that could happen on the side). Disaster management is not only observed in the month of July. It should be a daily basis,” Sedillo said. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)