March 24, 2023

Around 100 individuals and eight groups in the city have submitted their application signifying their intention and willingness to become part of its disaster volunteers.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Officer III Louie Glen Lardizabal said they have started processing the accreditation of the city’s disaster volunteers earlier this year.

“We are currently collecting the data needed to process their accreditation so that they can be given the proper support in case they are going to be helping us in future emergencies, crises or disasters that may befall the city,” he said.

These volunteers will serve as augmentation forces or force multipliers during times of hazards or emergencies, Lardizabal added.

“DRRM is everybody’s business and should be a whole society approach. We all have a role to play since nobody is exempt from hazards or emergencies no matter what your status in life is. So everybody should do their part in disaster management,” he said.    

A volunteer must be a Baguio resident; not below 18 years old and those aged 18 to 21 must have parental consent; the CDRRMO does not accept students; only those who are working and already independent can register as volunteers.

Among the benefits of accreditation are being included in CDRRMO training and possibility of getting insured by the city government Lardizabal said. Lardizabal said all those who want to become volunteers, no matter what their stations in life may be, could register for accreditation at [email protected]  or call the CDRRMO at 442-1900 and 1905 for more information. – Gaby B. Keith