PORO, Camotes Island, Cebu - The Central Command in partnership with the Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Poro, Cebu Province and the Rescue Recon One Incorporated, opened the 5-day live-in Emergency Response Training at the Bojo Resort, Poro, Camotes Island at around 9 o’clock in the morning today, 06 August 2018.
A total of fifty-five (55) emergency volunteers and LGU members from the Municipality of Poro attended the said training following its objective to strengthen the municipality’s or even the entire island’s institutional capacity for disaster risk reduction and management and building resilience of local communities to disasters including climate change impacts.
Brigadier General Allan Arrojado AFP (Ret), Chairman of Rescue Recon Philippines welcomed the participants during the opening program and highlighted the objective of the said activity which shall empower the community in adopting a disaster risk reduction and management approach that is responsive in mitigating the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of disasters and likewise promote the involvement and participation of all sectors and all stakeholders concerned at all levels, especially the local community.
President of Rescue Recon One Inc., Cmdr Peter Negrido, likewise underlined his organization’s function which focused on enhancing the response capability of LGUs, Private Companies, Non-Government Organizations, as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Presidential Security Group to all kinds of man-made and natural disasters. He said, “Rescue Recon is a network of more than 20 emergency services and disaster response providers located in the whole archipelago. We have been conducting training to enhance the response capability of each primary stakeholder to any eventualities. It is in this light that we urge everyone to actively participate during the whole training in order for us to achieve our desired purpose. Good luck future responders!”
In response, Vice Mayor Gary Rama of Poro town expressed his utmost gratitude to the organizers and assured on behalf of the municipal LGU their commitment to be an active partner in this endeavor. He said, “We thank all the organizers for initiating this training for our people. We recognized the important objective of this effort that is for the safety of our constituent in this part of the region. Through this, we could be able to strengthen our capacities in mitigating and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the impact of disasters.”
Lt Gen. Paul T. Atal, Commander of AFP’s Central Command said, “For the past years, calamities have been the top concern of the Philippine Government as it greatly affects not just the economy but also its people. In order to effectively support the government in the conduct of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) specifically in the four (4) thematic areas of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery, we assure our people that your Armed Forces through the Central Command with its inherent structure and assets capable of rapid deployment shall also help in enhancing the HADR capabilities of all our partner stakeholders in the Visayas region.”