OCD-7 reminds public, LGUs to remain vigilant vs calamities
CEBU CITY, June 19 (PIA) — With an average of 22 typhoons crossing the Philippine area of responsibility every year, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-7) is urging the public and local government units (LGUs) to remain vigilant in their disaster preparedness.
In his recent guesting during the “Straight from the Source” interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency 7, Engr. Ver Neil Balaba of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-7) reminded LGUs to be vigilant with the onset of the rainy season which could trigger floods.
According to Balaba, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMC) should still consider revisiting in their weekly meetings or contingency planning sessions their preparation measures against natural disasters.
He stressed that local DRRMCs should not forget their other mandates, despite being occupied by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite the postponement of our disaster preparedness activities, such as the quarterly national simultaneous earthquake drill (NSED), we should not forget our other functions before COVID-19 came. Under the new normal, we must still be ready for floods, landslides and earthquake, with our face masks on,” Balaba said.
Balaba also encouraged the public, especially parents, to orient their children with emergency precautionary measures.
“This pandemic has forced some of us to stay at home, so let us take advantage of this and teach every member of our household disaster preparedness tips, because after all, our homes should be the safest place for all us,” Balaba said.