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Capiceņos must be prepared vs disaster - Herrera

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (22 October) -- Members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) of Capiz recently convened to assess the disaster preparedness of the province.

Provincial Administrator Zoe Herrera said that with the unexpected disaster that lambasted Metro Manila and other provinces in Northern Luzon, there is an urgent need for Capiceņos to prepare for eventualities.

Herrera said that "we have to be prepared at all times especially with the relief and rescue equipments because we do not want to experience a similar tragedy that happened in Luzon with typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng."

He said that the inventory of manpower and equipments of all PDCC member agencies will also give the provincial government a concrete data on the needed manpower, supply and equipments for its disaster operation.

Herrera said that all Capiceņos must always be prepared especially against flood, which is a perennial problem in the province, to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

On the other hand, plan is underway for a disaster management and preparedness seminar for members of the PDCC here.

Herrera said that while manpower and equipments are in place, "we have also to ensure the capability of the PDCC members as well as make proper protocol during disaster."

In June 2008, typhoon Frank claimed the lives of 31 Capiceņos of which 27 were confirmed dead and 4 others are still missing.

"We do not want the same scenario to happen again," Herrera said, adding that measures should be taken before the worst may happen.

Preemptive evacuation as well as pulling out of people from danger zone especially in the coastal areas must be done, he said, adding that early positioning of rescue equipments, relief goods and manpower must also be ensured.

Recently, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called on all local government units and national government agencies to strengthen its respective disaster preparedness and management.

According to National Disaster Coordinating Council Chair Gilbert Teodoro Filipinos should always be ready to manage circumstances arising from disasters not only typhoons but also other calamities such as earthquakes and landslides, among others. (PIA) [top]

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