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PIA Press Release
2010/01/14

OCD reiterates importance of preparedness in disaster prevention

Iloilo City (14 January) -- Director Rosario Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense 6 reiterated the importance of preparedness at all times in disaster vulnerable communities in the region, particularly in earthquake prone areas, in the light of the Intensity 7 earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday night.

Cabrera told people living along earthquake prone areas to monitor unusual occurrences and do the necessary precautions since there is no way of telling when such disaster will occur.

Cabrera said local disaster coordinating councils in the region have already been guided by the faults which were identified by the Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau.

As part of the massive disaster campaign of the government, Cabrera added that OCD 6 conducts regular earthquake drills in different schools, high-rise buildings and public places in the region, quarterly.

Meanwhile, a Malacanang report dated January 13 said that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has not received information yet from the peacekeeping mission in Haiti whose headquarters according to foreign wire reports, was heavily damaged.

Neither has there been information from either the Philippine Mission in the United Nations in New York or the Philippines Embassy in Havana, Cuba, which has jurisdiction over Haiti.

DFA said there are 157 officers and enlisted personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and 22 officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) who compose the 10th Philippine peacemaking mission to Port-au-Prince.

Aside from the peacekeepers, there are some 445 Filipinos working in the garments, telecommunication and power sectors in the country, mostly in middle and upper management levels.

However, DFA Spokesperson Eduardo Malaya assured that the public will be periodically updated about the quakes and the Filipino community there as information becomes available. (PIA) [top]

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