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QC adopts updated disaster contingency plan

16 Apr 2018, 17:38 GMT+10

QUEZON CITY, April 16 (PIA) -- The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council has adopted an updated Disaster Contingency Plan for earthquakes and floods.

One of the highlights of the updated Disaster Contingency Plan is to check and monitor buildings and other infrastructures to ensure their resiliency against tremors and possible collapse.

The plan also prepares the cooperation of local hospitals and health centers with the Philippine Blood Center and other blood banks to provide ample supply of blood for would-be victims and other health-related concerns.

Mayor Herbert Bautista is urging the technical working group and the disaster council to have the barangays list down all registered nurses, doctors, engineers, and others with similar professions to have their own incident commander or focal persons who will be responsible for emergency responses.

Having known to prioritize disaster resiliency in Quezon City, Bautista also urges the local DRRM to bring the plan down to the barangay and community levels.

"Binago ang mga terminologies ng disaster resiliency para maging unified sa buong Pilipinas. Ang ikalawa naman ay dapat magkaroon ng manual ang Quezon City government na ibabahagi nito para kapag dumating 'yung oras ng pangangailangan, 'yung organization ng mga tao alam na nila ang mga protocols, alam na nila ang kanilang mga roles and functions," Bautista said.

QC DRRMO head Michael Marasigan said that the council will not stop looking for needs and gaps in the disaster contingency plan for its continuous improvement.

"Binigyan tayo ng new formats at new mechanism and components kung papaano natin ito mas mapapaganda," Marasigan said.

"However, disaster resiliency is not just about planning. Dapat pina-practice din natin 'yung plano regularly. Makikita natin 'yung effectivity nito sa mga drills at simulation exercises," Marasigan added.

The disaster contingency plan is updated annually to further develop and capacitate the previous year's plan.

As part of the two-pronged strategy for Disaster Resilience of Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) of the National Resilience Team under the Presidential Management Staff, the disaster resilience cluster has been adopted as the main strategy to be employed by the national government agencies to ensure earthquake resiliency.

The activity is part of the directive of the Department of Interior and Local Government to harmonize clusters and each cluster would have their own function during an earthquake. (SDL/PIA-NCR with reports from QC PAISO)

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