Negrenses urged to be alert and on guard against disasters

By Roi Lomotan

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The provincial government of Negros Oriental through the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) once again reminds the public to be alert and on-guard against all kinds of disasters.

This is in line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.

PDRRMC-Negros Oriental executive director Adrian Sedillo echoed Gov. Roel Degamo’s advisory to the public that disaster preparedness should not only be done in this month but throughout the year.

Sedillo noted that the government and the public has equal responsibility or “Fifty-fifty sharing” when it comes to preparing for calamities.

“Fifty percent must come from the government: to lay down policies, programs and implement them. The other 50% comes from the public with their compliance (to it),” he said.

Sedillo stressed that the strong cooperation between the public and the government is the best way to attain the zero-casualty goal in times of disasters.

He further said that the public should brace for the worst forms of disasters. He explained that the reason for worst forms disasters is because of climate change.

The PDRRMC executive director encourages the public to be involved not only in disaster preparedness but also in disaster mitigation.

“We should mitigate climate change so we can minimize the occurrence of worst forms of disasters,” Sedillo added.

Based on Executive Order 137 series of 1999, the month of July is designated as National Disaster Consciousness Month so government agencies related to disaster management and local government units can promote the value of disaster preparedness to the public..  (mbcn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on July 3, 2015)

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