Gov't starts observance of disaster consciousness month

July 7, 2010 12:21 pm 

CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City, July 7 – In line with the government disaster mitigation program, the Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) led other government agencies in the kick-off ceremony in the observance of this year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month at the regional police headquarters at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez here on Tuesday.

The observance of this year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month is dubbed as “Pag-Alerto, Malayo sa Peligro”.

The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council of Caraga region led by PRO 13 Regional Director Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, with the region’s disaster agency led by Regional Director Blanche T. Gobenciong and other government agencies highlighted the kick-off with a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Ignatius Chapel, Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City.

After the mass, it was followed by a motorcade and Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstration held at SJIT, Montilla Boulevard, this city.

Chief Supt. Calingasan said the PRO 13 enhances the plan of action on disaster preparedness and response management in support to other concerned agencies.

The PRO 13 also strengthen support strategy, operational concept and scheme of implementation to accomplish the PNP’s support mission in times of disaster and calamity situations.

The region’s police chief assured to mobilize police manpower and resources for disaster rescue and relief operations at the regional level, clarifying that the police in the region will find more better ways of ensuring readiness to effectively address any situations.

The PNP Disaster Preparedness Plan (DPP) is in line with the government’s declaration of Disaster Preparedness Month in July of each year.

General Calingasan clarified that the PNP has search and rescue units capable of rapid deployment and quick response to disaster emergencies.

He added that the families and communities need to prepare themselves for any emergencies especially with the rainy and stormy months expected until November.

“Staying one step ahead of the next disaster is increasingly important,” stressed Chief Supt. Calingasan during the opening ceremony here. (PNA)

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