Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. appealed to all Pangasinenses to make disaster-consciousness be a part of their everyday lives to complement the provincial government’s effort of including disaster mitigating measures as one of their priority thrusts.
During the kick-off ceremony of the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration, July 11 at the Pangasinan Development and Training Center, Gov. Espino said that every Pangasinense must always be alert and conscious with what is happening in the environment even as he added that everyone must “interfere, help and cooperate” (makialam,tumulong and makiisa) to make the celebration realistic.
“Let us put significance in the celebration,” Gov. Espino said, thus pointed out that ceremonies are meaningless without implementing programs that can help mitigate disasters.
The Governor thanked all line agencies that are actively participating in the implementation of the province’s disaster mitigating programs such as the massive clean-up drive along rivers and tributaries, mangrove and tree planting in coastal and mountainous areas and conduct of various disaster-capability seminars.
All mentioned activities, according to the Governor, are considered “practical and pragmatic approach” in addressing the various disasters, except earthquake, that might occur anytime without our control.
Meanwhile, PSSupt Rosueto V. Ricaforte, PNP Provincial Director, said that they fully support the programs of the government as they vow to become “automatic agents” that can readily provide additional manpower and technical assistance during times of calamities.
Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan, on the other hand, said that although the province still needs to improve its response capability, directions and perspective insights set by Governor Espino especially in terms of flood mitigating measures are proven to be effective as he further stressed that floodwaters in Central Pangasinan during the recent onset of typhoon Falcon subsided easily due to the massive river clean up that were earlier conducted by Task Force Kalikasan specifically in the towns of Binmaley, Lingayen, and Bugallon.
In line with the celebration, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has scheduled series of activities such as: continuous implementation of massive clean-up and dredging operations of rivers and waterways; fishnet (tabal) distribution to marginal fishermen; simultaneous tree planting activities on coastal and riverbanks slated on July 22 at Brgy. Portic in Bugallon and Caloocan Sur in Binmaley, capability building enhancement training for selected MDRRMC members from the towns of Lingayen, Bugallon, Labrador, Aguilar, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Mangaldan and San Fabian.
This year’s theme is “ Makialam, Makiisa sa Pagsugpo sa Panganib, May Maitutulong Ka.” (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)