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By: Victor Baldemor Ruiz

In support of the disaster risk reduction and management operations in the province, the Provincial Local Government Unit of Batanes received non-food items donations, amounting to around five million pesos, from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

“We are now preparing for the rainy season and La Nina. Batanes is prone to strong typhoons and is always isolated. The key is pre-positioning adequate relief goods and equipment so these will be available immediately when they need them.” said Civil Defense Administrator, Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno.

“The Local Government Units are at the frontline during emergencies. They are the first to help. That is why we need to empower them by enhancing their capabilities through various ways like this [augmentation of supplies].” he added.

The non-food items include family packs, shelter repair kits, hygiene kits, and ropes.

Governor Marilou Cayco received the donation in a turnover ceremony held at Batanes State College in Basco, Batanes.

Usec. Nepomuceno led the turnover. He was joined by Deputy Administrator, Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, OCD Cagayan Valley Regional Director Leon DG Rafael, and OCD Central Director Jekeeren Joy Casipit.

The said officials also met with the municipal mayors of Batanes to discuss various DRRM concerns in their respective areas of responsibility.


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