City’s disaster fund for 2018 approved

THE Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) approved the allocation of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund for 2018 for various programs and projects during its meeting Oct 9, 2017.

Acting Mayor Jose Espinosa III discussed about the importance of preparedness in case of fire. He recommended the thermal scanning device which allows firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers.

“We must have these devices to secure more visibility of people during fire incidents,” Espinosa added.

City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) head Donna Magno noted that 70 percent of next year’s budget is allotted for such programs as CDRRMO operations; prevention and mitigation; preparedness; response; and disaster rehabilitation and recovery.

The remaining 30 percent will serve as calamity fund and quick response fund.

“Community based monitoring system to households will also be a big help in gathering data as reference for risk reduction planning,” she added.

General Services Officer Joren Sartorio explained the importance of soil cover for Calajunan Sanitary Landfill in Mandurriao district.

Sartorio said that it helps eliminate odor and prevents spontaneous combustion. Soil cover should be applied quarterly as provided by Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act as a systematic and comprehensive program addressing the garbage problem. (Iloilo City PIO)

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