Board to approve calamity code soon-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A comprehensive calamity code with specific provisions on climate change will soon be approved by the Provincial Board, said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) chief Angelina Blanco.
She said the initiative may be considered remarkable, being the first in the country to integrate concerns on climate change affecting peoples’ lives.
Blanco added that it was Vice Governor Dennis Pineda who envisioned the enactment of the calamity code, which is expected to respond to the ever-changing environment currently affecting the lives of Kapampangans during calamities.
The proposed code aims to make the province disaster-ready.
“The province has to be resilient since we are frequently being visited by typhoons and other calamities. All we need is a guide to attain this objective of the Provincial Government. As of now, we only rely on the basic and usual activities done in the previous years,” she said.
Blanco said the head of the provincial legislative body instructed her to coordinate with various local government units, groups and other concerned stakeholders in gathering information vital to the proposed code.
She was also asked to consistently coordinate with the Provincial Board to come up with “best-ever” calamity code.
"This is one of his priority ordinances for this year, since we do not have one that will guide the provincial government," Blanco said.
The proposed code will further strengthen the capability of the Provincial Government in addressing the needs of the people in times when they need it most. This may also include the institutionalization of various trainings including water and search rescue operations in the municipal level.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 16, 2013.