PDRRM to have new chief

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III announced he will appoint Task Force Paglig-on Chief Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. as head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) office starting May.

He said PDRRM Officer Neil Angelo Sanchez’s contract will end in May.

“Tribunalo’s forte is disaster preparedness,” Davide said.


Meanwhile, the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) gave the Provincial Government P1 million as financial assistance to typhoon Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu.

Davide said he wants the Task Force Paglig-on to be merged with PDRRM.

The multi-sectoral task force servers as coordinating body for post-Yolanda rehabilitation and recovery activities in northern Cebu.

No complaints

The governor said he has no complaints against Sanchez’s performance, but he did not tell reporters if he has other plans for the incumbent PDRRM officer.

Davide said Tribunalo ran for Balamban municipal councilor in 2013 and lost so he cannot be appointed to a government position. But this ban, he said, will be lifted in May.

Sanchez said in a separate interview that Davide informed him about Tribunalo’s future appointment last Monday yet.

“I respect his plan, his decision... (His) move is for the betterment of the Province,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez said he is willing to work under Tribunalo, become a consultant on peace and order or be assigned to the Provincial Health Office. He added that if he would be appointed in a department where he feels ineffective, he would resign.

Tribunalo said he is willing to work with Sanchez.

Before joining the Capitol, Tribunalo was advisor on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation program of the nongovernment organization Plan International.

Yesterday, MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete turned over a check for P1 million to Davide. He said MCIAA extended the same assistance to Leyte.

Davide said the financial assistance given will be used to buy more construction materials so survivors can rebuild and improve their houses.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 06, 2014.

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