Cordillera residents reminded to be disaster-ready

THE Cordillera Regional Incident Management team is reminding residents and visitors to always be ready for disasters.

Regional president Louie Glenn Lardizabal of the Cordillera Regional Incident Management Team said that Baguio City was designed only for 25,000 people but is now populated with more than 360,000.

Lardizabal “Here in Baguio City, based on our assessments from our experiences we have already experienced disasters such as earthquake, typhoons causing flooding, landlines, and erosion which are common disaster here. We also have some human induce incidents like vehicular accidents.”

Lardizabal said awareness is essential way to help them know what will be done before, during and after a disaster.

"It is not really a measure of how safe we are here in Baguio City. It is about how prepared we are. We are giving awareness, through campaign programs and more training to the people so that they will be always updated," Lardizabal said.

He also added line agencies from the government and private sectors in the city including the village level to properly coordinate with the proper authorities in order for them to respond easier to the victims.

Lardizabal also further explained based on some of their experiences during disasters there are partner agencies that lack of reliable incident information. There were also many people reporting to their supervisors and there are many emergency respond organization structures they would like to centralize for better response.

"If there are awareness programs in schools or offices initiated by any group you must join because in that way it will help you. You must have at least constant awareness," Lardizabal said.

Last March and this month, the city and several areas in Northern Luzon have experienced earthquake incidents alarming many citizens.

There were earthquake drills that were conducted also by the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera and other emergency response groups in several schools and institutions in the region as part of the mitigation programs the government is doing.
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