Alert level raised for New Year in Ecija town

December 26, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija -- The municipal government has raised the alert level for the New Year as it directed its local disaster risk reduction and management office to coordinate with the police, the Department of Health and the Bureau of Fire Protection amid the expected rise in blast-related injuries or the possible occurrence of fire during the traditional New Year’s Eve revelry celebration.

Remigio Catle, municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer bared this in an interview with this reporter at his office over the weekend.

He said their hands will be full this coming New Year as they were placed on alert by Mayor Arvin C. Salonga in cases of rescue and emergency response to fire incidents or any accidents such as vehicular or those caused by firecracker blast that may occur within the municipality.

Last Friday, Catle said they held a fire safety drill to test the preparedness and alertness of his men when responding to future similar emergency situations, especially during the 2019 New Year’s Eve revelry.

The fire-readiness simulation exercise was held in a government property along the San Antonio-Zaragosa Road in Bgy. Sta. Cruz.

Catle said the fire drill was also conducted in consonance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Operation Listo program which aims to strengthen disaster preparedness of LGUs using the whole-of-government approach.

He said this was also in line with Mayor Salonga’s target of attaining a “zero casualty” and holding the safest New Year’s Eve celebration this 2019.

Catle said the part of the budget used in buying the bulk of the equipment used by the MDRRMO came from the P2-million which the municipal government won as an incentive for bagging the DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance last 2017.