THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Negros Occidental approved on Wednesday, July 12, a P25-million allocation for the province’s anti-terrorism and disaster response measures.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., chairman of PDRRMC, presided the meeting held at the Governor’s Office.
Among other officials present were Second District Board Member Samson Mirhan, chairman of committee on disaster preparedness; Board Member Annabelle Bermudo, president of Association of Barangay Captains Provincial Federation; and Colonel Eliezer Losañes, commanding officer of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade.
The P25 million will be utilized for projects and activities of Task Force Buglas from July to December 2017, Basic Citizens Emergency Responders Training, and renovations of the Provincial Evacuation Center.
Marañon stressed the importance of the community’s cooperation in times of disasters, thus Negrenses should be empowered through information and trainings.
The Basic Citizens Emergency Responders Training will be held in Hinobaan and Cauayan towns, and Sipalay City, southernmost localities of the province. It will be led by the Philippine Navy.
Last month, Marañon ordered the creation of the Negros Occidental Task Force for Peace and Security or Task Force Buglas to thwart terror threat down to the barangays.
The governor directed Task Force Buglas to ensure proper coordination of different agencies to protect Negros Occidental from terrorism, crime and other lawless elements, and coordinate to efficiently provide humanitarian assistance during times of crisis and disasters.
It also tasked the body to strengthen communication linkages with communities to immediately gather information that needs swift action, and promote community awareness on their roles on law enforcement and public safety.