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Residents assured of Manila DRRMO’s readiness

Honey Lacuna, Arnel Angeles, Armand Andres
Mayor Honey Lacuna, MDRRMO chief Arnel Angeles and City Engineer Armand Andres (behind Angeles) discuss disaster plans at the MDRRMO's command center. (JERRY S. TAN)

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This was the assurance made by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she commended the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) headed by Director Arnel Angeles for its readiness in responding to all kinds of calamities.

“Maari po ninyong tignan ang ating command center. Kumpleto po doon ang kagamitan na kailangan sa oras ng sunog, baha, storm surge, bagyo o lindol,” Lacuna said at yesterday’s regular flagraising ceremony in City Hall.

The lady mayor also stated how proud she is of the MDRRMO personnel for having gone beyond what is mandated of them, like when she dispatched them to help in calamities-stricken areas outside of Manila, using all technologies and equipment that are made available to them through the support of the Manila city government.

Angeles, for his part, confirmed the mayor’s pronouncements, saying the MDRRMO, on orders of Lacuna, recently extended assistance to Abra, which was the hardest-hit by a recent earthquake.

“Nakipagtulungan tayo sa lokal nilang pamahalaan upang makapagsagawa ng Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment sa kanilang probinsya. Hindi nahuhuli ang Maynila sa pagtulong sa iba. Marahil sa kadahilanang ito, maari na nating bansagan ang MDRRMO ang tanggapan ng laging saklolo.” Angeles said.

He also said that in coordination with various agencies of the national government, the academe and non- governmental organizations, the MDRRMO was able to implement its disaster plans.

“Alinsunod sa Republic Act 10121, ang mga nabanggit na plano, particular ang Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan, Climate Change Adaptation Plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan na kaakibat namin ang City Planning and Development Office at Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan na kasama natin ang Liga ng mga Barangay ang magiging gabay at susi natin patungo sa pagkamit ng parangal na Gawad Kalasag at Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) na matagal nang naging mailap sa Lungsod ng Maynila. Sa pakikiisa ninyong lahat, buong kumpiyansa po naming masasabing maisasakatuparan po natin ito. Malapit na, konting push na lang,” Angeles said.

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