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LGU-Maitum prioritizes risk reduction program

General Santos City (3 December) -- Being a disaster prone area, Maitum town in Sarangani province is giving premium to its risk reduction program gaining awards as best prepared municipal disaster coordinating council in the provincial and regional categories in the past years.

Maitum Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett said the town which has a land area of 32,435 hectares with a topography of hills, mountains and coastlines have experienced flashflood, landslide, drought, infestation, earthquake and social disorganization.

We reconstituted the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council which adopted the Municipal Integrated Preparedness Plan, Mayor Perrett said.

The municipality has updated the internal rules of procedure for the MDCC and its resource mapping, the lady mayor added.

She also disclosed that all barangays have organized barangay defense systems.

With a risk reduction program in place, Mayor Perrett said Maitum is a recipient of the Provincial Readiness to Institutionalize Disaster Risk Reduction (PRIDRR)project sponsored by OXFAM, a British non government organization.

The local government unit, according to Perrett, has resettled 34 families living in a danger zone to a resettlement area comprising of 370 lots including the occupied lots.

Lending a hand in risk reduction, the mayor said, are organized community vigilance groups which include the Bantay Dagat, Bantay Gubat and Bantay Ilog.

Seeing the felt need of a communication system, the mayor said, the LGU purchased cellphones, handheld radios and computers with activated internets.

The LGU chief executive looks forward to the establishment of a naval radar station at Barangay Kalaong, Maitum, Sarangani which she described as immensely helpful in monitoring probable occurrence of natural or man made disaster. (PIA 12) [top]

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