Capitol ‘ready’ for any loss of communication

THE Federation of Volunteers through Radio Communications Inc. (FVRCI) has set up a “very high-frequency” radio communication equipment at the Capitol that will allow the Province to contact municipalities in case typhoon Ruby downs normal communication channels.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. convened yesterday the Provincial Emergency Response and Action Team as part of the Capitol’s preparation for the typhoon.

Department heads and FVRCI members attended the meeting.

FVRCI president Maritoni Corominas said they’ve partnered with the National Telecommunications Commission for their operations.

Corominas said they are using ultra high frequency, very high frequency and high frequency radio communication equipment that are useful during calamities.

FVRCI has operation centers in San Remigio, Bogo City and Bantayan in Cebu and a communication network in Siquijor, Negros and Bohol.

When typhoon Yolanda hit northern Cebu, communication was one of the problems that local government units (LGUs) encountered.

Satellite phones

Tribunalo admitted that “communication in the Province is not that perfect” that’s why they need the FVRCI’s help.

The Capitol is also waiting for the arrival of the 51 satellites phones it purchased that will be used during calamities.

Corominas said they already conducted an inventory of their equipment and personnel needed during the typhoon.

She said they have more than 600 FVRCI volunteers all over the province.

Tribunalo said there are 150 volunteers on standby at the Capitol to help the Provincial DRRM’s operations, especially with documentation and communication.

Request for inclusion

In a separate development, the National Youth Commission (NYC) proposed to pass a resolution asking to include the youth in the national and local DRRM council.

Dingdong Dantes, commissioner-at-large for the NYC, yesterday joined the 133 youths from the Visayas and Mindanao during the closing program of the consultative conference on youth participation in the DRRM at the Capitol Social Hall.

“For the longest time, we’ve been fighting for this na we want sana na ma-represent ang kabataan in the (that the youth will be represented in the) councils, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. And also not just on the national level but also (it will) trickle down to the local level,” Dantes said.

He said the NYC would want the youth to be part of the solution, especially on disaster preparedness.

National Movement of Young Legislators Cebu chapter president Earl Tidy Oyas said they will ask their members in different LGUs to ask their mayors and councilors to help the youth be part of the council.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Miguel Antonio Magpale said the PB is willing to come up with a proposed ordinance on the matter.

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