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DND Sec. Teodoro reiterates "zero casualty" policy during calamities

by Ruchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (5 October) -- Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. of the Department of National Defense (DND) has reiterated the implementation of the "Zero Casualty" Policy during calamities by the concerned disaster coordinating councils (DCC).

The reiteration order was issued by the DND Secretary after the recent onslaught of Typhoon "Ondoy" that hit Metro Manila and Central and Northern Luzon resulting in flashfloods that inflicted damages to a huge amount of properties and claimed the lives of more than 300 persons.

It is also aimed at reminding all concerned DCC's to prepare their constituents for other forthcoming typhoons and implement response preparedness measures in their areas of responsibility (AOR).

These measures include, among others, the prepositioning of response assets, stock piling of food and non-food items, identification of evacuation centers and the implementation of pre-emptive evacuation.

"Casualties can be prevented by conducting vulnerability assessments of areas that are prone to hazards and the DCC's can use these assessments as basis in prioritizing forced evacuation of residents living along identified hazard areas," the DND Secretary said.

Thus, he has called on the local chief executives (LCE) to vigorously implement the land use and zoning regulations in these areas and in making evacuation plans and management of designated evacuation centers.

Sec. Teodoro, who is also the NDCC Chairperson, has then called on the Philippine National Police nationwide to support the LCE's and the DCC‘s to ensure that response preparedness measures are proactively implemented at all levels. (PIA 10) [top]

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