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Kalinga activates disaster councils

by Peter Balocnit

Tabuk, Kalinga (2 October) -- The provincial leadership directed all municipal mayors and barangay chairmen to activate their respective disaster councils these calamity months.

Cristeta Reyes of the Office on Civil Defense here said Governor Floydelia Diasen reached out to the local chief executives to heighten their level of preparedness and be on alert to extend immediate response to the needs of affected families and to rescue victims.

Reyes said her office has just finished assessing disaster prone areas and conducted earthquake drills in selected schools in the province. "Next week will be the training on disaster risk management at Poblacion West this municipality to train key players in the area of emergencies," she said.

She added that the Kalinga Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (KREMS) is on standby to respond on call of duty anytime.

Even if recent typhoons did not hit the province, Reyes who is also the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Coordinator, called on civic-spirited citizens to give donations.

"We have to stock pile relief goods, an intervention aimed to temporarily relieve victims from their woes," she said.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of tropical storm "Ondoy" that submerged many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered concerned government agencies to identify danger zones and prepare to implement preemptive evacuation to save lives in future disasters.

The President said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) must coordinate with Regional Disaster Coordinating Councils to effect the preemptive evacuation. She added barangay captains should make sure that people do not build houses on river banks.

The President issued several directives to ensure the security, health, sanitation and cleanliness in the typhoon–stricken areas and to help typhoon victims go back to normal life. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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