In line with the preparations for Tropical Storm Glenda, the Office of Civil Defense 4A and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 4A headed by Director Vicente F. Tomazar conducted an emergency meeting together with the RDRRMC member agencies involved in disaster response on July 14 at the RDRRMC IV-A Conference Room, Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba City.
The meeting started with a pre-disaster risk assessment and analysis (PDRA) an innovation introduced by Admiral (Ret) Alexander P. Pama the new Civil Defense Administrator wherein disaster risks that might confront a community are assessed and analyzed based on actual demography and current scientific data gathered regarding a weather disturbance such as an approaching storm. The assessment was followed by discussions on the preparations and readiness profile of the agencies in conducting disaster response operations based on their reports/presentations. The agencies were required to report on their existing resources both in manpower and equipment including deployment plans. Director Tomazar reiterated the importance of real-time reporting among agencies on developments obtaining in the region and their concerns, that will guide the decision makers in addressing evolving situations during calamities. The attendees were further reminded on the activation of their operation centers to facilitate coordination and monitoring.
The emergency meeting was attended by representatives from the local government agencies and the uniformed services who are the first responders in a disaster, namely the Philippine National Police PRO IV-A, Bureau of Fire Protection IV-A, Philippine Coast Guard-Southern Tagalog, 202nd Brigade (Philippine Army – Southern Luzon Command), Department of Health IV-A, Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-A, the Department of Science and Technology IV-A, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.
The Office of Civil Defense IV-A Regional Director and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chiarperson Director Vicente F Tomazar graced the presentation Sta Rosa Skills Training of Emergency Responponders for Road Traffic Accident Awareness and Urban Search and Rescues as guest and honorary speaker held at the Sta Rosa City Hall Ground, Sta Rosa City , Laguna, July 9.
The event was the final leg for the two-week training of the Sta Rosa City Disaster Risk Reducation and Management officers and responders.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management staff of Sta Rosa City showcased different scenarios which summarizes what they have learned during the training such as basic life support, a demonstration of vehicular extrication for a car accident, fire response and rescue operation in a collapsed structure and rescue operation as a result of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
The CDRRMO of Sta Rosa City also showcased their equipments in line with disaster response and operations ranging from ambulances to rescue kits.
Members of different media organizations ranging from television to paper were invited to witness the presentation of the different rescue operations.
City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas shared her four K’s which stand for KAALAMAN, KAHANDAAN, KABAYANIHAN and KALIGTASAN, she also congratulated the graduates for a job well done and told them that the knowledge that they got from the training must not stop once they get their certificates.
Director Vicente F. Tomazar also congratulated the graduates and the city of Sta. Rosa as a whole. He aslo gave recognition to Mayor Arcillas for the programs rendered in line with disaster preparedness for the city of Sta. Rosa. He also commended the projects for disaster risk reduction and management as well as the state of the art equipment of the city. He also imparted to everyone to embody this year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month theme which is, “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaularan” and also shared the importance of personifying the advocacy of the culture of safety for everyone.