Robredo asks local execs to do disaster awareness and response campaign

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 9 — In the wake of last Monday’s 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas, particularly Negros Oriental, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Roberdo asked local community executives (LCEs) nationwide to do disaster awareness and response campaign in their respective communities.

Robredo made the call in a speech at the 2nd General Assembly and National Executive Board meeting of the Liga ng mga Barangay, the national association of the country’s 42,000 barangays, held in Manila Thursday.

The assembly was participated in by more than 5,000 participants composed of provincial and highly-urbanized cities’ chapter presidents of the Liga ng mga Barangay.

In his speech, the DILG secretary urged barangay chairmen to be always ready with their disaster risk reduction and management plans that include the evacuation of residents if necessary.

Robredo also enjoined barangay officials to follow disaster protocols, install early warning systems, as well as conduct regular drills and exercises in order to prepare their constituents in addressing the adverse effect of disaster.

He likewise encouraged village officials to organize rescue teams, emergency group of responders and community service brigades that will provide immediate assistance to the victims of disasters.

He also said that in time of calamities, barangay officials should open their communication lines for easy coordination with higher authorities, volunteer groups and other government agencies concerned to ensure immediate assistance whenever needed.

For his part, Barangay Bago Bantay (Quezon City) executive officer Benjamin Pabustan welcomed Robredo’s proposal to mobilize LCEs for the disaster plan. (PNA) DCT/scs/JCA

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