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DavOr cites capability to respond to disasters, emergencies

The provincial government of Davao Oriental has established an Incident Command System (ICS) that is capable of responding to all types of incidents and emergency calls.

The ICS was established through the initiative of Governor Nelson Dayanghirang with the aim of providing immediate and quick response team to emergency calls and in times of disasters and incidents, Ednar Dayanghirang, chief of staff of the provincial government, said in a press statement Saturday, June 3.

Dayanghirang said a series of training on disaster preparedness and response will also be facilitated this month, with the support of the ICS, down to the municipal and barangay levels.

The assurance of the province’s preparedness to respond to disasters and emergencies was raised as Davao Oriental was chosen as one of the first venues in the country for the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to implement an awareness program.

DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr. visited Davao Oriental Friday to lead the implementation of the Phivolcs and DOST awareness program in the area.

Solidum noted that Davao Oriental was hit by one of the strongest earthquakes recorded in the Philippines – the 8.3 magnitude tremor in 1924.

He added that the geographic location of Davao Oriental is bounded by active earthquake generators, to include the Philippine Fault and the Philippine Trench.

The province, Solidum said, is identified as an earthquake and tsunami prone area.

“It is important that we embrace a culture of safety here in the province which is achievable when we have awareness,” Dayanghirang pointed out.

He added that the provincial government has also invested considerable allocation to increase the capabilities of local government units in times of disasters through education and training processes.

The series of training, Dayanghirang stressed, will also cover the 183 barangays and the 12 ancestral domains of the indigenous peoples in Davao Oriental.

Alexander Lopez/PNA