Feature: Disaster consciousness avoids panic, loss of lives, properties
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (13 October) -- Disaster preparedness has been one of the thrusts of the Capiz provincial government to prevent loss of lives and properties of Capiceņos.
Provincial Administrator Zoe Herrera said that the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) of Capiz has put in place all its disaster preparedness and management programs to easily respond to calamities.
Herrera disclosed that even on typhoon signal No. 1, the PDCC automatically convenes to make necessary preparedness and monitoring activities, especially to respond to areas that are to be affected by flooding.
He said continues advisory to the public, particularly living in coastal barangays as well as disaster-prone areas has been one of the immediate actions from the provincial down to the barangay level.
Herrera said that in partnership with other national government agencies, civic and non-government organizations, barangay and municipal disaster coordinating councils have been trained on disaster management programs.
In addition, volunteer groups are also helping the provincial government in disaster management initiatives, he said.
He stressed that they have even donated almost P200,000-worth of communication equipments to a volunteer group that had been helping the province during disaster management operation.
Recently, Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez has urged the Filipinos to make disaster-risk management as part of their consciousness to prevent loss of lives and damage to property.
Golez said that barangay officials should disseminate information on impending disasters.
He said that when a family is well-informed and prepared against a calamity, they are not likely to panic, thereby preventing loss of lives and damage to property.
Golez said that the people must start talking --- from the barangay to the municipal level then to the provincial level, to identify vulnerabilities of their areas of responsibility and how they could be protected, identify their lack of response to any disaster.
"This way, there will be faster response (to any disaster) as the national government is doing its best on a macro level," he said. (PIA) [top]