Mayor creates Yolanda task force for relief efforts

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Friday, November 15, 2013


MAYOR Mauricio Domogan last week created the Baguio City Task Force Yolanda to coordinate relief efforts for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda in Easter Visayas.

The mayor tasked Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas to head the task force with city social welfare and development officer Betty Fangasan as action officer.

In his Administrative Order No. 197, the mayor said there is a need to coordinate the various relief activities being initiated by numerous individuals and groups in the city to ensure that the assistance will reach the intended destination in an effective and efficient manner.

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“The growing concern of everyone to the welfare of those affected by the onslaught of the national calamity is laudable thus there is an urgent need to immediately establish in the city a functional and proper system of managing all donations and assistance parallel to the intention and purpose of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in directing the establishment of donations desk in the national, regional, city, provincial and municipal levels,” the mayor noted.

Councilor Peter Fianza broached the task force creation in a proposed resolution noting the need for a central body to oversee the relief operations and prevent abuse.

The task force will take charge of maintaining a record of all solicitations or donations received or collected in the city and delivered or transmitted to intended destinations.

It is expected to recommend activities or actions that may be undertaken or assisted by the city in line with the missions and submit periodic activity reports.

The task force will be responsible for verifying reports on constituents of the city and of neighboring local governments who were also affected by the typhoon and recommend such possible assistance that the city can extend to the victims, to their families or concerned local governments.

The members of the task force are the chair of the city council committee on education, the OCD-CAR regional director, city director of the Department of Interior and Local Government Baguio field office, city accountant, city health officer, Association of Barangay Councils and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation presidents, Philippine National Red Cross Baguio administrator, Baguio City Police Office director, Baguio Fire Department fire marshal, Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club president, Baguio-Benguet Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and BB-PICAG president. The staff of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Disaster Operations Center will serve as secretariat. (Aileen Refuerzo)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 16, 2013.

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