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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
THE lack of safety equipment and training may have caused the death of a rookie policeman in Negros Oriental, a police official said.
This, as the family of PO1 Rodelin Gonzaga will receive P400,000 financial assistance.
Senior Supt. Edward Carranza said the non-commissioned police officers who were
deployed to help in the search and rescue operations in areas hit by flashfloods were not equipped with safety gears.
Gonzaga, 29, died after he got separated from a lifeline by strong waves in a coastal area in Barangay Villareal, Bayawan City last Sunday.
Carranza, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7’s regional directorial staff chief, said Gonzaga could not hold any longer from the lifeline when hit by waves as he was only using his hands.
Gonzaga was trying to rescue trapped residents that time.
Carranza, when interviewed by reporters, said they will review the incident and may procure equipment for future rescue operations.
Supt. Renato Dugan, PRO 7’s spokesperson, said the family of Gonzaga will be given more than P400,000 cash assistance.
He said P72,000 will be for burial assistance while P370,000 will be for death insurance.
“They will have to comply first with the requirements upon its release,” Dugan told Sun.Star Cebu.
The remains of Gonzaga will be brought to his hometown in Barangay Minaba, Bayawan City. A wake will be held in Bayawan City Police Station for a day.
On Sunday, Gonzaga, 29, will be laid to rest, Dugan said.
As of yesterday, the policemen were pulled out from the rescue operations because the situation in the flooded areas in Negros Oriental had returned to normal.
Gonzaga, together with 71 other policemen, were undergoing a 45-day Special Counter Operations Unit Training (SCOUT) in Negros Oriental.
The batch will graduate next month.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III will include in his 2014 executive budget the Provincial Disaster and Risk-Reduction Management Council’s (PDRRMC) P108-million allocation for
Davide yesterday said the fund will be for training, information drive and equipment for rescue and mitigation.
Calamity fund or PDRRMC fund is five percent of the estimated revenue from regular sources, Sec. 324 of the Local Gov Code of 1991 states.
PDRRMC head Neil Sanchez said another low pressure area was spotted yesterday in Catanduanes Province, part of Bicol region. He urged the public to prepare.
He said Bayawan City, which is considered by many as a disaster prepared LGU, was not spared.
In Cebu, the preparedness level is 60 percent, he said, since the province doesn’t have big rivers and waterways, like in Bayawan and Negros Oriental, Sanchez said.
Davide met with members of PDRRMC, which includes Cebu Provincial Police Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development office, Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, to map out their plans in the coming rainy days.
The P108 million will be divided 70-30 percent said Sanchez.
Seventy percent of the amount will be for disaster mitigation and preparedness while the rest will be standby fund.
There still remain P60 million from this year’s disaster fund, Sanchez said.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 wants local government units to inform the public about landslides and flooding in their areas.
“It is highly important our people or communities should know how to respond to certain disasters,” said Isabelo Montejo, DENR 7 Regional Executive Director.
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 Director Loreto Alburo said putting more value on environmental education prepares communities for calamities.
In Talisay City, the Government plans to improve its disaster preparedness by tapping the barangays.
Vince Monterde, Talisay City spokesperson, said he is coordinating with the City Planning and Development Coordinating (CPDC) office preparing the barangays for disasters.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.