Governor Nelson Dayanghirang presides over the 4th quarter PDRRMC meeting on Nov. 17 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang presides over the 4th quarter PDRRMC meeting on Nov. 17 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang is pushing for a proactive approach to disasters. During a recent meeting with all of the province’s eleven mayors at the Provincial Capitol, the governor stressed that the mayors are the frontliners in the response to any natural disaster as mandated by law.
“I believe that the key to saving lives and properties in times of natural calamities like typhoons, floods or earthquakes is preparedness. So we must take a proactive role in making our communities safer and more resilient,” says Governor Dayanghirang who has recently presided over the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council meeting at La-nes Hotel in the City of Mati. “I believe that correct and accurate information can be of great help to our communities. We cannot prevent hazards from coming but definitely we can prevent disasters from happening,” says the governor.
With the advent of climate change, the governor has called on his constituents especially those in the barangays “to be more aware of the dangers and be prepared when natural hazards occur. Let us look inward and assess our capacity to address the worsening weather conditions. We need to inform our people down to the communities where they live, work and play that the destruction brought about by natural hazards can be minimized if not totally removed. Let us give them tips on how to avert disasters and the things we need to do before, during and after calamities strike.” The governor adds such endeavor is very important to protect whatever economic gains the province have garnered after a devastating and deadly super typhoon, Pablo, hit the province in December 2012.
Governor Dayanghirang has reminded all of the province’s eleven mayors that they are the frontliners in the response to any natural disasters as mandated by law. “They are the most familiar with their terrain and resources, the ones that interact directly with citizens. Every adverse weather phenomenon brings unique effects to a community, which accounts for the differences in planning.”
He called on the municipal and city local government units to formulate and update their disaster preparedness plans that would allow them to know if they are ready, and what they need to do to meet the minimum levels of readiness. A checklist has also been provided to the LGUs from the time a typhoon poses a looming threat in the horizon, to the time it arrives in the locality. This would ensure that LGUs are taking the correct steps in responding to the typhoon and its aftermath. The 48 hours between a typhoon’s entry into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and its landfall is tense and busy, which can lead to errors that can be easily avoided. The checklist is the tool to minimize those mistakes that may cost lives and grave destruction to properties. “Collectively, we must not tolerate haphazard preparations that lead to unnecessary death and destruction. Disaster management is a serious business. We owe it to our people to protect them to the best of our abilities. Let us be systematic, thorough and decisive in planning and implementing disaster preparedness efforts. Let us not leave anyone behind,” says the governor. By Ferdinand Zuasola

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