Brigada Barangay up for review, approval

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


TUBLAY, Benguet -- The Municipal Government here has forwarded to the Provincial Board an ordinance that seeks to prioritize safety of the residents.

The ordinance sets the Brigada Barangay Day "preferably before the onset of every rainy season and thereafter as often as maybe necessary, to be spearheaded by the two above-named councils, with all other groups, such as the civil society organizations, private sectors, volunteer groups, community members and other concerned sectors participating in the activities.”

“This piece of legislation is one of the means by which this local government unit through its local officials may be roused and goaded to do their part in ensuring the well-being of the people in this municipality, and by institutionalizing a regular clean-up drive styled as Brigada Barangay, a sense of preparedness maybe instilled and internalized in the consciousness of the people,” Mayor Ruben Paoad said.

Tublay town then mandated a buddy system among townsfolk dubbed as “Watch your Neighbor,” aimed at watching over their own village mates for any sign of an impending calamity.

Based on the ordinance, the Brigada Barangay Day shall involve general cleanup activities in identified disaster-prone areas in every barangay; community efforts in putting in place simple but helpful mitigating measures in strategic areas; on-the-spot information dissemination on the importance of early warning devices and encourage and engage the community members in the installation of some useful indigenous or improvised means or, methods of warning people of any impending disaster or calamity; inculcation into the consciousness of the people likely to be effected by any disaster or calamity the importance of preparation through their actual participation in the cleanup drive; instruction on the scheme strategy on how to evacuate from the place of disaster and strategize the safest and shortest pathways to safety or to evacuation centers; identification of evacuation areas or centers and the adoption of short term and immediate remedies before any help arrives; and taking stock of the needed resources during the calamity or disaster and to persuade the people that everybody who has something to share must share for humanitarian reason.

It is up to the Provincial Board whether to approve the ordinance after review.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 03, 2014.

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