Lazatin leads CSF-PIA 1st ‘kapihan’

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Monday, August 4, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Central Luzon culminated the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month with a first ever Kapihan ng Mamamayan (KNM) at Heroes Hall over the weekend.

The Kapihan, which was led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson Josefina Timoteo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Pampanga Provincial Office Information Officer Paulyne Dizon, Department of Social Welfare and Development Pampanga Provincial Action Team Leader Ma. Fe Evaristo, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Chief Geologist Noel Lacadin, San Fernando City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Raymond del Rosario, San Fernando Senior Environmental Management Specialist Marilen Malabanan and San Fernando City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang, also focused on the city’s programs geared towards climate change mitigation.

"We need to work together in our efforts to mitigate climate change and be always prepared for disasters and calamities. Sama-sama at tulong tulong tayo," said Lazatin.

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For his part, Del Rosario said that the CDRRMO is continuously beefing up its rescue and response teams by procuring more rescue equipment and vehicles, conducting trainings for rescuers at the barangay level, distributing of GO-Bags (72-hour survival kits for families), and full utilization of the social media through the City Information Office during the height of typhoons and torrential rains for real-time updates on flooded areas, affected families, and class and work suspensions among others.

Kapihan ng Mamamayan is a two-hour forum that aims to serve as an avenue for government agencies to converse and gather feedback regarding their latest programs, projects and issuances.

"The idea is to bring government press briefings down to the barangay level so that the public is given the opportunity to directly ask questions as well as to address their immediate concerns. In most cases, invited offices also render their services to that particular community. The goal of PIA 3 is to be able to hold KNMs in all 21 congressional districts of Central Luzon every year," PIA Regional Director William Beltran said.

Attendees included Pantawid Pamilya parent-leaders, persons-with-disabilities, youth leaders, and women leaders headed by Gender and Development focus person Amy Catacutan.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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