3.02.2013

PIA News Service - Saturday, March 2, 2013



Caraga region launches DRRM Plan 2013-2017

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 2 (PIA) -- Local chief executives, heads and representatives of government agencies, and other partner stakeholders convened on Thursday at the Almont Hotel's Inland Resort, this city to witness the launching of the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (RDRRM) Plan 2013-2017.

The activity was led by the RDRRMC chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong.

Gobenciong said the Caraga DRRM Plan contains four thematic areas on Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response and Disaster Rehabilitation.

“The Caraga RDRRMC Plan 2013-2017 provides strategic direction for effective DRRM at the local level in the next five years. The RDRRMP is guided by the framework adopted by the NDRRM Plan 2011-2028 and is consistent with the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 and Caraga Regional Development Plan 2011-2016,” explained Gobenciong.

Gobenciong also presented the impacts and outcomes of the four thematic areas in disaster management.

Meanwhile, the four vice chairpersons presented the outputs and key activities for each thematic areas.

Further, Gobenciong, together with the four vice chairpersons of the council signed the RDRRMC Resolution No. 1-2013, adopting the RDRRM Plan 2013-2017.

Meanwhile, OCD Administrator and Executive Director of NDRRMC UnderSecretary Eduardo Del Rosario said that it is a big responsibility being the new OCD Administrator after USec. Benito Ramos' resignation from duty.

"I'm very glad to have witnessed today your region's DRRM Plan," Del Rosario said. He also stressed that prevention and mitigation and preparedness are very important aspects that we should ensure for us to save lives during disaster.

On behalf of Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., City Councilor Dr. Virgilio Nery relayed mayor's speech during the launching. Amante stressed that the local government must exert unified efforts for the implementation of the plan. He also commended the member-agencies of the DRRMC led by OCD along with other agencies. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


BFP opens fire prevention month celeb; turns over firefighting equipment, recognizes women's group

By David M. Suyao

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 2 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Friday turned over personal protective and fire fighting equipment to the municipalities of San Francisco and Talacogon and gave recognition to organized women’s group in the prevention of fire in their respective municipalities.

SSupt. Marion Socorro Timonera, BFP Caraga Regional Director, assisted by SInsp. Augusto Cesar Kinazo, Agusan del Sur Fire Mashall turned over to Mayor Jenny de Asis of San Francisco and Mayor Isaias Masendo of Talacogon helmets, firemen’s outfit, boots, gloves and fire hoses that both municipal fire stations needed. The fire station in Talacogon was just inaugurated last week and the lone fire truck was delivered last October 2012.

In his opening remarks, SInsp. Kinazo said, the San Francisco fire station will conduct series of fire precautionary measures seminars this month aside from inspecting various business establishments making sure they comply with the safety requirements that the BFP requires.

In response, Mayor Jenny de Asis of San Francisco said that five barangays within the Poblacion in San Francisco have already organized fire fighting volunteers ready to assist the BFP in case of fire.

“We have also organized women and we termed them the “Pink women” who will also serve as look outs of properties of fire victims and care takers of very young children and infants in case of fire,” Mayor de Asis said.

Talacogon Mayor Isaias Masendo also said they have been wishing for fire equipment and trucks for a very long time, and gladly said their wishes and prayers were heard.

“I am very glad to tell you that our dreams before are now realized. And I am proudly promising that from now on, we will no longer totally be relying help from other municipalities but instead, we are now ready to help other municipalties in case of fire,” Mayor Masendo said.

BFP SSupt. Mario Socorro Timonera in return said this year’s theme “Sunog at Sakuna Paghandaan, Kalikasan ay Pangalagaan nang Matamasa ang Pag-unlad ng Bayan” is a very meaningful message if everybody will take it seriously.

SSupt. Timonera also congratulated Mayor de Asis for the initiative that San Francisco have done in preparation for the occurrence of fire and other calamities. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


PNP Chief eyes total transformation in entire police force

By PO1 Ryan Cagula

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 2 -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Alan L. Purisima has expressed optimism that all cops can contribute to better mindset to the PNP thru strategic program called “CODE P: 2013 and Beyond” as he spoke before police officers in the wake of his visit here on Thursday.

He urged uniformed personnel to set as good examples in fulfilling the mandate of serving and protecting the citizenry to foster public trust and community partnership.

Director General Purisima has also cited the urgent need to to focus on every individual job description and deploy more investigators in all police stations in the region.

“Let us improve the delivery of public safety services. Police visibility is not enough; instead, police presence shall be felt by the public,” he said during the command conference.

Gen. Purisima has ordered all commanders regionwide to conduct aggressive operations against illicit logging operations and to account for loose firearms that may sow violence in the upcoming mid-term elections.

“Code-P: 2013 and Beyond”, consistent with the PNP’s long-term program PNP Patrol Plan 2030, stands for competence, organizational development, discipline, excellence and professionalism. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)