PASAY City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano directed all the city offices to beef up preparedness and capacity to respond to calamities which may heap greater difficulties on the people as the country continues to fight the deadly COVID-19.
Mayor Emi particularly alerted the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), the City Health Office (CHO), Public Order and Safety Unit (POSU), the Pasay Police and other frontline offices tasked to provide immediate relief and assistance to the people.
“All year round, we constantly beef up our capacity and efforts to reduce the risks of calamities and mitigate and manage their impacts in our communities. But the task ahead for us in this concern is so much bigger now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the season of rains and typhoons,” Mayor Emi said.
Dr. Boyet Maranan, DRRMO head and co-chair of Pasay’s DRRM Council which is headed by the city mayor, said the DRRMO personnel, equipment and facilities are always updated and they have a substantial number of trained personnel who are grouped into two shifts of 24/7 Standby Response Teams at the city’s Incident Command Post (ICP) located at Pasay Sports Complex along with Fiber Boats with outboard motors; life vests, sets of emergency ropes, ring buoys and other disaster response gear. The office also installed Rain Gauge at the ICP.
DRRMO likewise maintains ambulances and other emergency response vehicles. For Pre-Disaster Activities, they constantly conduct Information Dissemination on Safety tips; and have distributed “Dapat Alam Natin!” Tarpaulins on weather classification, typhoon signals, thunderstorms and other weather advisories.