The City of Las Piñas through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) has conducted a four-day family emergency preparedness and camp coordination training in Tagaytay City with the renewed call to vigilance in the wake of threats resulting from calamities.
Mayor Mel Aguilar stressed the importance of trainings on family emergency preparedness, camp coordination, and camp management for all 20 barangay in strengthening the disaster resilience efforts of the city government.
“I have always believed that being prepared with proper trainings and support in responding to disaster is our first line of defence to effectively response to prevent loss of lives and property, especially that Las Piñas is considered at risk in case of a strong earthquake,” Mayor Aguilar said.
Around 100 trainees from different barangay of District 2 together with representatives from Barangay Pamplona and BF International/CAA participated in the four-day training that aims to upgrade the skills of emergency responders in the communities.
The training for District 1barangays will be conducted next.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has identified five areas in Metro Manila as “highly vulnerable” in case of a 7.2-magnitude.
Mayor Aguilar said that while Las Piñas is not among the five highly vulnerable areas, it is not remote that the city would be affected in case of such calamity.
She pointed out that collaborative effort between the local government units (LGUs) and the private sector is important to cushion the impact of disasters from flooding brought about by typhoons and the destructions in case of an earthquake.
The mayor added that a well-informed and vigilant populace with appropriate support by the LGU could prevent chaos expected to break out during calamities or emergencies.