April 24, 2024

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has conducted a workshop to test and update Baguio’s earthquake contingency plan on Aug. 24 to 26 facilitated by the CDRRM Office under Antonette Anaban.

The activity was participated in by CDRRMC members composed of representatives from various government offices, line agencies, utilities, and communication groups.

The workshop included a presentation of the city’s contingency plan for earthquake as of February, this year; identification of gaps, issues, and challenges; presentation, consolidation, and synthesis of outputs; updating through revisions of the city’s earthquake contingency plan; ways forward; and agreements.

Local DRRM Officer Stephanie Trinidad said the plan aims to provide an effective, efficient, and immediate response mechanism in case of an earthquake.

Baguio suffered a powerful temblor on July 16, 1990 that caused severe loss of lives and damage to property. Another earthquake of weaker magnitude struck Baguio also in July this year but this time no deaths were reported and caused lesser damage to property.

Similar workshops will also be scheduled separately for the city’s contingency plans for meteorological hazards (like typhoons) and emerging and re-emerging diseases in the coming weeks.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong is CDRRMC chair while City Mayor’s Office chief of staff, Engr. Philip Puzon is the action officer, and the CDRRMO is secretariat.

RA 10121 or the Philippine Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 states it is the function of the local DRRMC to manage the adverse effects of emergencies and carry out recovery activities in the affected area. The law also mandates the LDRRMC to take the lead in preparing for, responding to, and helping the affected area recover from the effects of any disaster.

Meanwhile, the mayor has ratified city council Resolution 333, s. 2022, congratulating and commending Agustina M. Bantiloc for winning a bronze medal in the compound mixed team archery event during the 11th ASEAN Para Games held on July 30 to Aug. 6in Surakarta, Indonesia.

ASEAN Para Games in Surakarta is a biannual multi-sport event for athletes with physical disabilities and participated in by 2,309 delegates composed of 1,648 athletes and 661 officials from 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

The approved measure stated the Philippines ranked fifth in this year’s Para Games having garnered 104 medals consisting of 28 gold, 30 silver, and 46 bronze medals. Bantiloc is a homegrown member of the Philippine Para Archery Team.

“Her achievement has brought pride and glory to the community of persons with disabilities and to Baguio,” the resolution stated. Cheers!