APAYAO GOV’T TEAMS UP WITH TRANSPORT GROUP TO STRENGTHEN DISASTER RESILIENCY

LUNA, Apayao —In case of killer typhoons and earthquakes, Apayao residents are now taking pro-active measures to ensure zero casualty.

In partnership with the Luna Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (LTODA) here, the Apayao Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has started its massive information and education drive among local residents here by strengthening its disaster resilience—by way of knowing the basics—what to do before, during and after earthquake or typhoon?

Armed with simple, understandable and step-by-step guide informative materials like flyers and stickers, the PDRRMO on Monday distributed these to all members of the LTODA for them to display and make it visible in their tricycle or public utility jeepneys .

The PDRRMO said the information drive is one way of reaching out to all residents of Apayao particularly those who are living in far flung villages with limited or no access to other communication devices like radio or cellular phones.

Last week, Apayao PDRRMO personnel attended the 2015 local DRRM leaders convention at New Town Plaza Hotel, Baguio City which aims to build disaster resilient community through partnership, strengthening comradeship and coordination. Also, the convention also focus on addressing issues and concerns from past disasters and take preventive measures so that it may not happen again.

As a landlocked province located deep in the Cordillera mountain, Apayao residents in low lying areas are threatened by swelling of the Apayao river during heavy typhoon while those living in mountainous areas are prone to severe landslide often isolated during typhoon.

Through the help of the transport group to deliver the message on disaster preparedness, the PDRRMO hopes residents here will take into consideration these simple reminders and guidelines to save lives and property in times of natural calamity. PNA