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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pagadian City holds simultaneous NDCM, NBDM celebration

By: Claro A. Lanipa
PAGADIAN CITY – The local government, through the City Disaster Risk ReductionManagement Office and Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Chapter spearheaded early this month, the observance of National Disaster Consciousness and National Blood Donors’ Month celebration.

To kick-off the month-long twin celebration, a motorcade around the city’s main streets was conducted and participated by national and local officials and employees, Philippine Red Cross, Department of Health, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Medical Association, barangay officials and other concerned groups.

City Administrator Lauro Mendoza, who ably represented Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones in his message said that this year’s theme “ Kahandaan at PagtugonsaSakuna, Tungkulin ngBawat Isa” is really very appropriate because disaster cannot be predicted as to when it will strike our city.

“Prevention isbetter than cure,” Mendoza emphasized. “Disaster preparedness is not only the concern of the city mayor, the city council, barangay officials or other government agencies, but it is the responsibility of everyone,” Mendoza added.

“Sometimes, we treat  calamity as nature or act of God, but it is the result of the abuse and greediness of man, such as irresponsible mining. If we focus on it, it has short-term gain but at the expense of a long-term destruction,” he further said.

“The mass destruction of our forest and mangrove is not God’s will, but the will of some people who has a short vision with vested interest. All these can be prevented, if all of us will get involved in protecting our environment,” Mendoza stressed.

With regards to the Blood Donors’ Month celebration, he encouraged all those qualified individuals to donate blood. “It will improve our health, at the same time, help those who need blood and save lives,” he stated.

On the other hand, newly elected City Councilor Maphilindo Obaob said disaster preparedness should not only be observed during the month of July but everyday. “Disaster cannot be forecasted, or we cannot say when it will happen. Sometimes we think disaster is only flashflood, but the worse disaster we have to consider and be prepared is man-made disaster,” he stressed.

Accordingly, the 17th council of PagadianCity led by newly elected Vice Mayor Ernesto A. Mondarte will create an Integrated Defense System, wherein all national, regional and local government agencies,including barangay officials, civic and religious groups, as well as other concerned sectors will be given  functions in times of disaster or trouble, Obaob announced.

“A minute of preparedness is better than an hour of restoration,” he  underscored.

In the same occasion, a mass bloodletting was also conducted by the PRC assisted by some doctors and medical staff of DOH and the City Health Office.