Councilor bats for forced evacuation-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Councilor Roderick Awingan has proposed a law for the implementation of pre-emptive or forced evacuation in this town during disaster and emergency situations where danger or loss of lives becomes imminent.
Awingan said there are still areas where evacuation is difficult to implement especially during rainy season, leaving residents literally waiting for disaster to happen inside their homes.
Awingan, in his proposal, is set to coordinate with government agencies and non-government organizations in the implementation of measures to prevent and control land, air and water pollution with the assistance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
"The Municipality of La Trinidad is highly concerned with and committed to protect the lives of its residents at all times as well as mitigate the effects of man-made and natural disasters," he said.
The ordinance will take effect in the event that local residents refuse to leave their homes or, after evacuating, go back to their homes or affected areas without an order issued.
The ordinance was presented during the local council's regular session, Tuesday.
In the event of emergency, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MRRMO) is tasked to implement the law.
The MRRMO is also set to organize and facilitate the conduct of training and orientation at least once a year on pre-emptive and forced evacuation on possible human-induced and natural hazards.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 19, 2013.