Oro awarded for disaster preparedness

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FOR stepping up its capabilities in responding to disasters, the Office of the Civil Defense in Northern Mindanao (OCD-10) has awarded the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) recently.

CDRRMO won in the disaster preparedness in the highly urbanized city category.

Previously landing the second place, the CDRRMO received a notable achievement following the four thematic schemes: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery.


Vergil Lago, CDRRMO’s operation and warning weather section chief, told this paper that the award bestowed implied the city could overcome whatever disaster situation that may come its way.

“It would mean that we are prepared of whatever calamity there is and ready to give an immediate response,” Lago said Monday.

Equipment, staff skills, trainings taken, which are ideal for disaster preparedness are needed in the CDRRMO preparation.

Recently, the 10 nurses of the disaster office were trained by the US Civil Affairs Philippines last July 30-31, 2014 for proper response in disaster situations.

Arbin Ray Orbina, a nurse of the CDRRMO, said that one of the topics tackled during the two-day training was the intravenous training following the proper protocol that must be observed.

Rescuers were also trained last June 16 to 21 in swift waters situations like the Cagayan de Oro River which was conducted following the whitewater rafting accident last June 13 that killed a tourist from Bohol.

Lago added with the unfortunate experience, “trainings are done to achieve the right delivery of services to the people in the city.”

He said the CDRRMO is now practicing prevention as a culture. “Now, we are not focusing on the rescue alone but more on a good foundation on prevention. Prevention is better than rescuing people where in worst cases, casualties could possibly happen,” he said.

Currently, the city is nominated to the national level for its disaster preparedness.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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