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DISASTER PREP 101. Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo heads the meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) during the deliberation of reprogrammed projects. Attended by the directors and office heads as part of the mandated council, the PDRRMC convened to restructure funds from the 2018 Trust Fund to mobilize plans for 2019 to prepare the island for incoming calamities and crisis.


With the aim to strengthen the province’s disaster preparedness, Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo, together with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), presided over a regular meeting for the Third Quarter of 2019 to discuss the revision of certain projects funded under the reprogrammed 2018 Trust Fund.

A total amount of 2,311,907 from the last year’s project is now subject to reprogramming for 2019. The reformed projects include the: purchase of generator set for the legislative building, installation of PEO genset, immediate repair of PDRRMO emergency vehicles, Disaster Preparedness Capability Building Program, and the demolition of the existing dilapidated structure at Viga District Hospital and ground preparation.

Mr. Uldarico S. Razal Jr., provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government, stressed the need of the council to set margins in the budget allocations for the projects.

“We need to identify urgent, essential projects… prioritize, from long list of projects to short list. I-update ang completion of project para di na makasali sa priority project next year,” Razal said.

(We need to identify urgent, essential projects…and prioritize from the long list of projects to come up with a shortlist. Completed projects should be updated so as for them not to be included in the priority project for the next year.)

Acting Gov. Abundo also expressed her firm order to monitor the ongoing projects by the concerned agencies for the council to be updated on the funded projects to avoid lapses.

“No other project will be budgeted again unless wala ng post-activity report [of the previous projects],” she directed the council.

(No other project will be budgeted again unless post-activity reports of previous projects are submitted.)

Revising the 2018 programs accommodated other plans and funded needed repairs of other emergency facilities.

Mr. Jerry B. Beo, PDRRM Officer, reiterated the importance of the assistance brought by the allocation of 273, 907 for the maintenance of emergency vehicles owned by the PDRRM which prevents travel disruptions during urgent use in calamities and lessens immediate damage of the said vehicles.

Other matters raised in the meeting is the provincial ordinance for policies for the utilization and operation of the PDRRMO ambulance which will be endorsed by the council to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for review and approval and another resolution requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways to direct their contractors to put safety signage on road repairs and constructions and hazard-prone areas.


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