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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LGU takes an active role in climate change adaptation, says DILG official

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged the local government units (LGUs) to prepare for natural disasters.

In his message during the operation “Listo” provincial convergence and launching ceremony of disaster preparedness manual at Hotel Guillermo here, Provincial Director Verner Virgilio Jayme of DILG-Zamboanga del Sur said the LGU takes an active role in Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM).

“The LGUs are mandated to take an active role in climate change adaptation and mitigation measures to ensure safety of families and communities in times of disasters,” Jayme pointed out.

Jayme also said the role of the local chief executives as chairpersons of  the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (LDRRMC) is very important in making the local communities prepared for typhoons and floods.

Jayme said the government is embarking a very important program dubbed “operation listo” to enhance the capabilities of LGUs to be at the forefront of the government’s initiative to adapt, mitigate and prepare for climate change and disasters.

Jayme said the disaster preparedness manual distributed to the 24 municipalities and a city will help them formulate their respective plans and allow them to assess/determine their level of readiness including their needs to meet the minimum requirements for readiness.

“It also assists them in planning for disaster response. They can also ask from DILG to reinforce them long before any typhoon arrives,” Jayme said.

The manual contains three critical preparedness actions: Alpha (Yellow), Bravo (Orange), and Charlie (Red).

Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director Pedro Cuevas in his message said the public should be prepared in the event of any natural disaster. “We should not be complacent and rely upon just the prayer, instead we should be proactive,” Cuevas urged.

Cuevas also said “disasters and calamities may strike at any place or time, as we have already experienced and witnessed how these disasters  affected the lives of many Filipinos.”

In support of the said program, the local chief executives and government officials joined the ceremonial signing of “Listo Ako” commitment to symbolize their united vow of gearing up local communities for disaster preparedness.”