CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Emphasizing the need to provide better service to the people, especially during emergencies or disasters, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) OIC Nick Jabagat said in CORDS-X Podcast, June 18, that the equipment used in their office are of national standards.
“Kung inyong makita gikan sa atong mga extrication devices, pati ang kanang mga gamit sa atong mga medical services and apil na diha ang atong 911 system, monitoring sa atong weather tanan kana nag-invest ang atong local government para gyud mahatag, ma-maximize ug ma-update unsa’y mga latest in the market,” he said.
(You can see that from our extrication devices, including our equipment for medical services as well as our 911 system, weather monitoring, the local government really invested on these to provide, maximize, and be updated with the latest equipment in the market)
Jabagat added that these equipment are also friendly-users so the personnel of the office will not find it hard to operate them. In 2013, CDRRMD only used patient transport vehicles for emergencies but today, the office now has 15 units of ambulance, which they use for medical services.
Aside from acquiring the best equipment for disaster response or medical service, they also capacitate the 80 barangays of the city on DRRM along with providing correct information to barangay disaster focal persons.
“Unique kining atong ginahimo sa Cagayan de Oro City when it comes to information dissemination, especially on weather monitoring. So kita dili lang kita gasalig anang ginahatag ni PAGASA nga iyang weather forecast advisory. Kita galantaw gyud ta unsa’y epekto niani dinhi sa Cagayan de Oro City, naa ta’y local nga forecasting dinhi,” Jabagat said.
(When it comes to information dissemination, what we do here in Cagayan de Oro City is very unique, especially on weather monitoring. We do not just solely rely on the weather forecast advisory from PAGASA. We also look on the possible effects of it in Cagayan de Oro City as we have our local forecasting)
To further boost their services, Jabagat said they are planning to put up a satellite office in District 1, particularly at Barangay Lumbia, and another in Barangay Agusan—considering the traffic challenges in the area. They are also eyeing to transfer to a bigger area where they can place their equipment and where they can conduct the training of their personnel and emergency responders.
For emergencies, Jabagat said people in the city would just have to dial 911, which is free for all networks. (RTP/PIA-10)
City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) OIC Nick Jabagat says in CORDS-X Podcast, June 18, that the equipment used in their office are of national standards and they are also providing training to barangay disaster focal persons. (CORDS-X)