LINGAYEN– “We cannot prevent natural calamities so we have to adopt an effective disaster prevention plan for local communities.”
This was said by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. as represented by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Amadeo Espino during the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council’s rescue equipment and photo exhibit opening held July 12 to 15 at the Activity Center of SM City in Rosales town.
Gov. Espino disclosed that while the province suffered the wrath of Typhoon Pepeng barely two years ago, the sad experience taught Pangasinenses an important lesson to become constantly aware of the weather and exercise vigilance at all times, especially during disasters.
Department of National Defense Undersecretary Proceso T. Domingo, who represented Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, urged the people to develop a stronger culture of safety consciousness.
Local government units, Domingo cited, must strengthen their community-based early warning system and further enhance their plans and programs on disaster management.
“Disaster management is everybody’s business,” the undersecretary noted even as he added that the national government is contemplating on a more serious effort to launch an innovative plan to disaster risk reduction.
One of the highlights of the ceremony was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and turnover of rigid hull inflatable rubber boat with trailer and 40-HP outboard motor with complete accessories.
It can be recalled that the provincial government recently purchased two rubber boats in addition to the old equipment.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also donated the following equipment: 2 sets of electric generator, 10 portable searchlights, 4 megaphones, 2 machetes, 2 chainsaws, 8 handheld radios with batteries and base-antenna, 3 portable stretchers, 2 waterproof tents, 5 shovels, 40 safety vests and 3 pick mattocks.(PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)