By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) –The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Negros Oriental yesterday distributed copies of disaster preparedness journals to municipal mayors, local disaster risk reduction and management officers (LDRRMO), local police officers and members of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
DILG-7 regional director Ananias Villacorta mentioned these disaster preparedness journals contain the checklist of requirements local government units (LGUs) should prepare before any disasters. It also includes the standard protocol for disaster response.
The journals were formulated through consultation with local government units, national government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Villacorta hopes that through these journals, LGUs won’t fall short in their disaster preparedness measures and avoid serious fatalities during calamities.
“This is just a checklist. If the mayor sees everything is in place, then there’ won’t be any problem (in times of disasters),” Villacorta said.
He added that after the turnover of journals to LCEs, LDRRMOs and other concerned agencies in Dumaguete City, LGUs will have their municipal convergence where they will inform their local DRRM on this development on disaster response.
LGUs can further improve their checklist, he concluded.
DILG had already distributed other copies of these journals in Cebu and Siquijor. DILG will also launch these journals in Bohol on Mar. 31. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA website on Mar. 13, 2015)