Guimaras barangays retold of disaster preparedness, mitigations

All the barangays in the Province of Guimaras were represented by their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs) for a public gab on disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Guimaras Local Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Officer IV Ms. Teresita Siason led the Orientation-Seminar on DRRM.

“Disaster is everybody’s concern”, Ms. Teresita Siason, Local Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Officer IV said during the Orientation-Seminar on DRRM at the GTIC Function Hall, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras on July 17, 2018.

Ms. Siason rationalized how to disasters can affect the communities.

“Disasters can bring damage to our lives and properties. Hazards affect our communities and we must be prepared to combats its effects.”

“We must be equipped with knowledge and skills to be prepared not only in ourselves but also to our respective families and our fellow Guimaras,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Guimaras led the discussion on several guidelines and circulars on the movements of vessels during inclement weather conditions and disasters.

The activity is in line with the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month with a theme: “Katalagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakamtan kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan”.

Barangay Captain Ms. Merly Gantala of Concordia Sur, Nueva Valencia shared her positive insights towards the said activity.

“Dako gid ang mabulig sa amon barangay sa pagpaalinton sang impormasyon, madamo ang amon nahibalu-an kon ano ang mga buluhaton kon may kalamidad kag manami gid ang natun-an kay makahibalo na kami kon sin-o ang amon kadtuan nga agency sang gobyerno,” she said.

Further, SN2 Roylee Novisteros, PCG member lectured on Typhoon Doctrine and Storm Avoidance and PO3 Rheinstedt Velasco, PCG Deputy Substation Jordan tackled Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Safety of Marginalized Fishermen Operating Fishing Vessels of three gross tons and below.

In addition, Information Education Communication Materials (IEC) for “Mga Paalala sa mga Mangingisda sa panahon ng tag-ulan at bagyo” were given and discussed by PO1 Wilfredo Duero, PCG Substation Commander, Jordan.

The said activity was attended by Governor Samuel T. Gumarin, Vice Governor John Edward G. Gando and PO1 Jerry Dionora, Deputy Substation Commander, Buenavista.

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