From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 24): Misamis Oriental gov't to arm militiamen with skills in emergency response
About 900 militiamen in the province would be armed with the skills to make
them responsive in times of emergencies, Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said
Emano said that the militiamen would undergo training on village-based
disaster and anti-criminality technology to arm them with the necessary skills
to respond during emergencies in their areas of concerned.
He said that the provincial government would prepare the militiamen for
disaster mitigation strategies and anti-criminality schemes to make them
effective in responding to disasters and calamities.
“We will implement community-based education specifically for the militiamen
in the province’s villages on how to alleviate and respond to disasters. We
will equip them with skills and trainings,” Emano said.
“I cannot stand if we lose lives of our people again because of disasters;
we will prepare for the worst,” he added.
He said that the militiamen will undergo seminar-orientations, capability
trainings, hands-on applications and demonstrations to be set by the
participating agencies just in time of the militiamen’s annual convention on
July 4 at the Capitol grounds here.
Edmundo Y. Pacamalan Jr., disaster risk reduction and management office
(DRRMO) chief, said this event will not only foster unity the militiamen in the
province, but will cultivate sensitivity and awareness during the “sharing
“It will be a new experience for the militiamen who would be coming here for
the convention and would be going home with tons of knowledge and greater
responsibilities in their hands,” Pacamalan added.
Pacamalan said that concerned government agencies such as the Office of
Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Army (PA- 58IB),
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Philippine
Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA),
among others, would serve as resource persons during the forum.