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ACT for Peace donates disaster equipment

General Santos City (15 February) -- Twenty-two items for disaster response were turned over to the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council, Region 12 in this city by the ACT for Peace Programme.

The disaster response equipment comprised of early warning devices, medical response facilities, extrication devices and water rescue facilities were received by P/Chief Supt. Felizardo Serapio, Jr., PRO 12 Director and RDCC 12 Chairman and OCD-12 Director Lita Enok, Executive Officer of RDCC 12 from Diosita Andot, Program Manager of the ACT for Peace Programme.

Witnessing the turnover were Undersecretary Ernesto Carolina of the Civil Veterans and Reserve Affairs, Department of National Defense; OCD-DND Administrator Glenn Rabonza, Executive Officer, NDCC ; Major General Raymundo Ferrer, Commanding Officer of the 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and Assistant Regional Director Francisco Jose of DILG-12.

In the RDCC-12 meeting, Undersecretary Carolina stressed Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Jr's guidance to adopt clustering in the disaster preparedness program to be more focused and achieve better results since scarce resources can be integrated and maximized.

OCD Administrator Rabonza thanked all the RDCC members for their cooperation and urged them for their renewed efforts in the clustering scheme which he said, can help address identified gaps in response and enhance the quality of humanitarian action.

In his presentation of the regional peace and order situation, Police Chief Supt. Serapio disclosed the strides of the PNP in the fight against terrorism with the capture of the perpetrators of the bombing incidents in Kidapawan, Koronadal and Tacurong Cities. He emphasized the paramount importance of civilian vigiliance and cooperation in the crusade against crime and terrorism. (PIA 12) [top]

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