Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Misamis Oriental gov't to arm militiamen with skills in emergency response

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 on Tuesday.

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 experiences” forum.

“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.


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