Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

The 43 Cordillera honor graduate scholars of DOST - SEI in a group photo session. (Photo by DOST - CAR)

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III (left) joined by CHED - CAR OIC Regional Director Ma. Geraldine Casipit (2nd from left) and officials from the different SUCs and premier universities in Cordillera answer queries in an open forum during the Regional Higher Education Summit. (CCD/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Itogon LGU conducts IEC on disaster preparedness in barangays

ITOGON, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) -- The municipal government here is set to conduct a massive and intensive information education and communication (IEC) campaign on disaster preparations and readiness in the different barangays with the upcoming rainy season.

 

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MDRRMO) Engr. Cyril Batcagan said the IEC campaign on the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) plans aim to heighten the awareness and to prepare the people for the coming rainy season and the typhoons that may hit the municipality.

 “We are focusing to make sure that the people of Itogon will be more prepared and will follow the redesigned disaster plans to avert loss of lives and properties and so that the incidents that occurred in the past typhoons will not happen again,” Batcagan said during the Emergency Response and Preparedness Meeting here last week.

 Itogon was the hardest hit municipality during typhoon Ompong in September last year and this made a very big impact to the people of Itogon and even those outside of the area. 

It could be remembered that several landslide incidents occurred in Itogon town with death toll reaching more than 100. The worst incident was at the massive landslide at Barangay Ucab particularly at Level 070 burying alive at least 80 individuals. This also led to the stoppage of small scale mining activities in the entire region that affected the livelihood of many  people and other stakeholders in the small scale mine industry.

 Batcagan said that the municipal government thru the LDRRMO  starts the IEC campaign with the meeting of the different barangay officials and members of the Itogon MDRRMC on June 10 at the Itogon Training Center to present the DRRM plans.

With the typhoon Ompong experience, Batcagan said the DRRM plans from  preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation have  been rehashed based on the needs  and impact  with those kinds of disaster .  

With most of the schools in the municipality affected by TY Ompong and at least 14 schools identified as high risk or vulnerable to heavy rains and earth movement, the LDRRMO with the different school heads and disaster coordinators also devised mechanisms that would lessen the risk of students during the rainy season.

Itogon Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Engr. Cyril Batcagan (l) presents  the DRRM plan during the Emergency Response and Preparedness  meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA CAR) 

As part of the DRRM plan, pre-emptive evacuation or possibly forced evacuation will be strongly be implemented to ensure that people living in the geo-hazard areas particularly along landslide- prone and flashflood- prone areas will be safe during calamities.

Batcagan added that they also made several disaster response plans as well as rehabilitation and recovery plans based on the effects of Ompong.

All these will be discussed during the IEC activities that will be conducted in every barangay to ensure that everybody will be informed and updated on the disaster plans for everybody’s safety and concern.

 Batcagan said  they will  invite  resource speakers from the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Dept.  of Science and Technology, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine National Police and other agencies  to discuss technical aspects on the situation of Itogon.

 Meanwhile, CRDRRMC Chairperson, OCD-CAR Regional Director Alberto Mogol said the council is working closely with the Itogon LGU and the MDRRMO to ensure that their DRRM plans during disasters  will be swiftly implemented  to avoid  mass casualty incidents. 

The CRDRRMC has also conducted provincial DRRM caravan to check on the DRRM plans of LGUs and make sure that these plans are right and equipped for the concerned LGU. (JDP/RMC –PIA CAR & Harley Sibuma- UC Intern)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

  • CHED calls on CAR HEIs' support for successful UAQTEA implementation

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - The Commission on Higher Education(CHED)  calls for a stronger partnership with Cordillera stakeholders for the successful implementation of Republic Act 10931 and in ensuring that more young people will have equitable access to free quality tertiary education.

  • DOST honor graduate scholars in Cordillera feted

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Regional Office (DOST-CAR) feted 43 honor   graduate scholars for their excellent academic achievements.

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

Benguet

Mt. Province

  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

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