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Disaster councils in Albay get P6M emergency equipment

by MA Loterte

Legazpi City (16 June) -- The acquisition of the P1.5 emergency equipment by the Albay Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) would make the province the most functional disaster council in Bicol and maybe the best among other councils nationwide.

Three other local disaster coordinating councils, including Legazpi City, Tabaco City and Oas town also received similar emergency equipment totaling the amount to P6 million for 4 disaster councils in the province.

During the turn-over ceremony here last Wednesday. Gov. Joey Salceda said the P1.5 million worth of emergency equipment would augment the emergency response capability of the recently formed Albay Health and Emergency Management (AHEM) group composed of 147 trained paramedics from various units of the province including local government units.

He added AHEM members have undergone six months of training on various aspects of emergency response and disaster management operations. The group has been created to perform rescue operations and pre-hospitalization care or first aid in times of emergencies and disaster operations.

He said with the new acquired modern emergency equipment, Albay would again increase its visibility in other areas due to an efficient and effective emergency and disaster response capabilities.

It can be recalled Albay province won the most coveted "Galing Pook" award this year for institutionalizing the APSEMO and attaining a "Zero Casualty" objective due to the preemptive evacuation scheme pursued in times of disasters.

Also during the turn-over ceremony, OCD Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro meanwhile related the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) through his Office handed over some P18 million worth of emergency equipment to 12 local government units in Bicol.

These include the six provincial disaster councils and the rest were selected town and city disaster councils.

In a news conference, Salceda bared the funds that bought the equipment came from the Bicol Calamity Assistance and Relief during Emergency (B-CARE) program of President Arroyo.

Salceda said he earmarked P1.3 billion for NDCC when he was chairman of the appropriation committee in the House of Congress in 2006. (PIA V) [top]

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