Romualdez to his co-mayors: Be a leader in rescue operations

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Friday, August 23, 2013

GOVERNMENT CENTER, Palo, Leyte – “A chief executive should always be physically present and personally attend to the needs of this people during a calamity or disaster.”

This was the advice shared by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez during Friday’s closing of the regional summit on Disaster Risk Reduction Management.

The three-day summit, attended by several mayors and other officials of the region, was held at the convention center of the Department of Public Works and Highways of this town.


Romualdez said it is always a safe bet for a local chief executive to be always present in his or her area whenever a disaster strikes and lead any rescue operations.

By being present, the Tacloban City mayor said, this gives a feeling among the people that they are being attended by their leaders and give them an assurance that they would be safe.

Also, it becomes easy to convince the people to leave their areas and seek for safer grounds when it is their mayors that make a personal appeal, Romualdez said.

Romualdez also said that a “kitchen brigade,” a task to prepare the food during a tragedy, is also very important before, during, and after the calamity, because during such times those assigned to other disaster management work will have no time to prepare food for themselves.

Along with other necessary preparations, every local government unit must also invest on communication equipments, like handheld radios, and its needed repeaters placed in strategic locations. This way, communications would be easy and fast and in the process, avoid wastage of time and resources, Romualdez said.

Romualdez said that a disaster management during calamity cannot be “remote controlled”, so it is always best that a local chief executive lives in his/her city or town to lead the people when a calamity hit their areas.

In an earlier statement, Romualdez said, that because he and his family lives in Tacloban, there has never been a flooding, typhoon or big fire incident that he was not around and personally assess the situation and in rescue operations.

Romualdez also said that it is better to provide ready-to-eat foods and bottled water to the victims of calamity like typhoon. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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