Lingayen- – – Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) Executive Paterno Orduna made an appeal to all City and Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils and Civil Defense Deputized Coordinators throughout the province to strengthen their group to establish simple but beneficial disaster-control program.
In a meeting with the CDCC/MDCC Chairmen and Civil Defense Deputized Coordinators on July 8 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center Mess Hall, Orduna said that the main role of the disaster council is to educate the people in their community regarding any forthcoming disaster so that they know how to properly react in case of calamities.
“Malaki ang pagkukulang natin sa paghihikayat sa mga tao para maitaas ang level ng awareness nila tungkol sa kalamidad o sakuna,” he said as he stressed that the people do not exactly know what to do during the onset of calamities.
The people, he said, must know what to do and how to react in case there is a typhoon especially those residing at flood-risks areas to avoid accidents or fatality.
He mentioned that the barangay officials must act as the first responders and afterwards coordinate with the higher ranking officials for immediate action.
The PDCC chief has also urge all local government units in the province to conduct their own earthquake drill to raise awareness in line with the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.
The PDCC will conduct an earthquake drill as part of the nationwide simultaneous activity.
The official kick off of National Disaster Consciousness Month will be on July 20, coinciding with the regular flag raising ceremony at the Capitol plaza here.
Other activities include dramatization of Simulated Search and Rescue and Emergency Response in a flood situation scenario participated in by the Coast Guards and Water Search and Rescue Team followed by Konsyerto Kontra Peligro featuring the five finalists in the recent Pistay Dayat celebration’s Battle of the Bands