PAGADIAN CITY — For better understanding on RA 10121, and to educate people how to respond to natural disasters, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) IX conducted a 3-day disaster preparedness seminar to the members of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) and 14 Punong Barangays on April 19-21 at one of the local hotels here.
"The seminar was aimed at giving orientation to the local government of Vencenzo Sagun (V. Sagub) on Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as an Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework, and Institutionalizing the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan." Said OCD Zamboanga del Sur area coordinator and training officer Engr. Angelito Casinillo
RA 10121 was signed by then President now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo on May 27, 2010 which provide LGUs to use their calamity funds beyond the previous cap of five percent based on their internal revenue allotment (IRA),
Casinillo said there is a need for the LDRRMC of Vencenzo Sagun to be acquainted on the said law as well as its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) as RA 10121 is relatively new. "They are not yet familiar about it especially on reducing disaster risks and enhancing disaster preparedness response capabilities at all levels," Casinillo added.
In this seminar, Casinillo said "we are providing LGUs the technical knowledge and capacity to effectively comply the said law."
Meanwhile, V. Sagun Mayor Edilberto Adlaon said he is glad that OCD has come up with such timely seminar saying "The emergence of recent natural calamities like tsunami and earthquakes in Japan which claimed thousands of lives have opened our eyes. We need to get ready for emergencies to prevent loss of life and property," Adlaon said.
"We are experiencing rise of sea water level in the coastal areas of our municipality," Adlaon said.
"The gradual rising of sea levels by an average of one meter to me is already a threat to global warming. We need to be prepared to deal with the problem," Adlaon added.
Adlaon hopes that the LDRRMC will not fail to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the seminar. (JPA/GCC-PIA9 Zambo Sur)