April 17, 2024

Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMC) have been activated in time for the Fire Prevention Month this March.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, chair of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) issued Memorandum 001-2024 mandating all punong barangays to take proactive measures in protecting their communities and the environment.

“In light of the potential risks associated with fire incidences, you are hereby directed to activate and mobilize your respective councils immediately. The aim is to enhance preparedness, early detection, and effective response to mitigate the impact of forest fires within your jurisdiction,” the mayor ordered.

The memorandum listed action points for the BDRRMCs to abide in safeguarding communities from potential threats posed by fires.

Among the action points is the activation of BDRRMCs designating specific roles and responsibilities within the council to ensure a coordinated response; conduct of risk assessment and mapping to identify high-risk areas for forest and/or structural fires within barangays as well as collaboration with relevant agencies for a thorough risk assessment and update hazards maps.

Another point is the conduct of information campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of fires and educate residents on preventive measures including distribution of informational materials on safety guidelines.

BDRRMCs were also ordered to prepare and ensure the functionality of early warning systems in place; test communication channels and alert mechanisms regularly.

Collaboration with partner agencies, neighboring barangays, relevant government units, among others was also reiterated to foster unified response in case of fire incidents.

The mayor further reminded the prepositioning of resources such as firefighting equipment, first aid supplies and education materials. This also includes the development of a plan for the rapid deployment of resources in case of an emergency.

BDRRMCs shall conduct drills and simulations to ensure that all members of the council are familiar with emergency procedures. 

BDRRMCs shall establish a reporting system to promptly relay information about potential fire incidents and maintain detailed documentation of all activities, response efforts, and outcomes. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan