Israeli training on disasters not canceled

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Friday, March 28, 2014


CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III is worried that the disaster-preparedness workshop promised by the Israeli Government will not push through after the Israeli Embassy in the Philippines was closed.

But Capitol Consultant Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., head of Task Force Paglig-on, said a staff from the Israeli Embassy in the Philippines called to inform him that the training will push through.

When Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Menashe Bar-On visited Davide on Feb. 13, he informed the governor that his government will conduct a five-day disaster and mass casualty incident preparedness and management workshop for officials from different government agencies in Cebu.

The workshop, which will cost $30,000, was supposed to start on March 2.

Davide said the workshop would help Cebu officials prepare for disasters.

Israeli embassies worldwide were closed starting Monday when Israeli diplomats went on strike.

“This drastic step comes as the ministry of finance has not seen fit to reach a compromise with the workers’ legitimate demands for a fair wage and reasonable work conditions,” read part of the Israeli Embassy press statement that the Capitol posted on its Facebook page.

Israeli Defense Forces put up a field hospital in Bogo City to treat those injured when typhoon Yolanda made landfall in Daanbantayan and Bantayan, all in northern Cebu.

The Israelis left equipment at the Bogo City hospital.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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