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DILG highlights disaster preparedness in Tapatan Roadshow

Tapatan roadshow in Tacloban
Sec. Jesse Robredo hands over a replica of the P1M PCF check to Mayor Susan Parilla of Naval, Biliran. (DILG-8)

By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
June 11, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) led in the regional launching of the Seal of Disaster Preparedness during the Tapatan roadshow on Disaster Preparedness on Monday, June 11, 2012 held at DPWH Mutli-Purpose Hall, Government Center, Palo Leyte.

During his speech introducing the Seal of Disaster Preparedness and interfacing with local chief executives and their respective LGU DRRM officers; member agencies of the Regional DRRM Council; media; and civil society groups underscored the need for local governments to be both “mahusay at matapat”.

He expressed hope that the system of instilling good governance by providing incentives for performance while providing guidance on standards would be felt by the community.

Aside from leading in the signing of the pledge of commitment to Disaster Preparedness during the Tapatan roadshow, Secretary Robredo also distributed checks to seven (7) municipalities who were awarded in the 2nd round of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) last 2011.

He also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with 20 LGUs who are recipients of the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG) 2012 program.

Likewise he signed a Usufruct contract with the provincial government of Leyte led by Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla on the use of the lot where the regional office and Leyte provincial offices are located.

Earlier, Secretary Robredo awarded medals of merit to several deserving police officers during the Flag Raising Ceremonies at the Police Regional Office-8 in Palo, Leyte. A press conference was likewise held by Secretary Robredo at the PNP regional office.

The regional forum, with the tagline, "Magtapatan tayo: handa na ba kayo?" is a nationwide initiative of the department acting as Vice Chair of the National DRRM Council for Disaster Preparedness. The series of regional forums aims to harness commitment of LGUs to formulate and implement DRRM Plans; ensure establishment of DRRMOs and to clarify the roles and issues regarding disaster preparedness.