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Teodoro presides over joint RDCC CAR-Region 1 meeting

La Union (2 October) -- With the impending onslaught of typhoon "Pepeng", Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro called on the various local government unit heads in Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) to not be restricted by regional boundaries when it comes to disaster management.

Presiding over the joint CAR and Region 1 Regional Disaster Coordinating Council(RDCC) meeting on Thursday, he instructed the various LGUs and government line agencies to set aside, political and geographical considerations in these times of emergency.

"If it would be quicker and far more practical for Region II to respond to the needs of Kalinga and Apayao, or perhaps Region I for Abra, than entities from the Cordillera Region, then by all means, do so," he said.

He called on the various front line agencies to take preventive measures in order to achieve "zero-casualty" in the regions in Northern Luzon that will be affected by Pepeng.

"Considering the difficulty of NCR to extend assistance to areas that might be hit by Pepeng, the capabilities of front line agencies here is all the more expected," Teodoro said, referring to the LGUs and government line agencies in Regions 1 and CAR.

"As Pepeng is expected to hit land by Saturday, by Friday, you should have made a sound judgment or assessment if there is a need for pre-emptive evacuation. This is better than to be rescuing later on," Teodoro, who is also the chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council added.

During the meeting held at the waiting area of the San Fernando Airport here, Teodoro said he was authorizing the heads of the regional Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) to draw rice assistance.

"You know the procedure, you do not need to call me. As in the rice assistance, we can account for these and other forms of assistance that we will be extending to the needy properly after. The important thing is, we deliver the needed assistance and help the best way we can first," he added.

He also called on the local chief executives and line agency heads to "ensure that all necessary equipment and resources are pre-positioned."

"Look into the communication issue because things will be way easier if we have proper communication lines on hand. Next is the power issue, because once power is cut, communication will be affected. And if both are down, another important issue is mobility, and lastly, the delivery of service. Make sure the four basic essentials are ready, namely water, food, clothing and medicines," he said.

The meeting was attended by San Fernando Mayor Pablo Ortega, La Union Governor Manuel Ortega, Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, regional directors from the), Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Health (DOH), Agriculture (DA), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), OCD and the Philippine Information Agency. (PIA) [top]

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