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Albay to organize 18 care search and rescue groups provincewide

by MS Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY (26 September) -- The Albay provincial government will organize 18 CARE Search and Rescue Group in every city/town in the the province, the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Office (APSEMO) reports.

APSEMO chief Cedric Daep said the organization of the search and rescue group is in consonance with the directive of Albay Governor Joey S. Salceda in response to the recent proposal of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

Daep said that Office of Civil Defense (OCD) deputy administrator Anthony Golez in a visit to Albay, strongly recommended to Governor Salceda the formation of a search and rescue groups in all the local government units in the province.

The organization of a search and rescue group in every town and city in the province is designed to provide the public with the much-needed emergency response in times of disasters be it natural or manmade, Daep said.

Daep said that Gov. Salceda has expressed hope that the organization of various LGU-CARE Search and Rescue Group would deter the loss of lives and properties in times of disasters, accidents and fires.

He said the proposal calls for an organization of a seven-man search and rescue group in each LGU that will be composed of regular employees from the Mayor's office, city/ town health office, social welfare, engineering, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Daep explained that the idea of CARE Search and Rescue Group is an off-shoot of the CARE (Calamity, Assistance and Relief Effort) program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in providing Bicol with the needed rehabilitation and relief efforts after two super typhoons wreaked havoc to the region last year.

He said at the initial stage of the project, the organized groups will have to undergo training in search and rescue operation, first-aid, and mitigating measures. "These activities would be funded by the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

After the training the respective local government units would have to maintain the group and provide funding for the operation including the needed equipment, Daep said. (PIA) [top]

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