Civil Defense to strengthen ops, communication systems

THE Office of the Civil Defense-Davao Region seeks to strengthen the operations and communication systems in the grassroots level to avoid high number of fatalities during calamities, following the deaths of 10 people including three injured due to floods and landslides the past weeks.

OCD Davao Regional Director Leoncio Cirunay bared this during Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao, saying that a Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) responder was hurt and almost drowned during a rescue operation.

He said they will soon implement a short messaging service (SMS) blast to alert the residents to evacuate to a safer ground or designated evacuation area.

The chief also advised the public to listen and monitor to different media platforms including radio, broadcast, newspaper, or social media to be informed when there is an impending calamity that would hit the region.

"The media help a lot in information dissemination especially those people in remote areas who have only radio that would alert them in times of disaster," he said.

Cirunay said they are usually bent on conducting disaster response training to elevate the level of preparedness of the responders and for them to be equipped with life-saving skills and not merely a responder alone.

He added they conduct a top-down method wherein they train the responders from the provinces, municipalities, cities and afterwards, they would train the communities in the village level to capacitate their resources.

"We are really strengthening our disaster management tool especially our municipalities, ang ating mga (our) disaster managers since they will manage the response operation na dapat orderly talaga," Cirunay said.

He said they have lined up training schedules for the year in a bid to effectively address emergencies.

"We are reaching out lalo na sa management tool natin, yung incident command system na dapat hanggang barangay makarating na po ito (should reach the village leval)," he said.
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