OCD-CAR on ‘blue’ alert level status

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -– The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) will elevate its alert level status from white to blue effective May 8 (Sunday) to May 10 (Tuesday).

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera (OCD-CAR) will be partially activated to maintain close coordination with member agencies of the regional council and the local DRRM councils.

As the nerve center for alert and monitoring, the OCD Cordillera EOC ensures operational coordination and information management including resource and response mobilization if needed.

Jerome Paragas, Operations Chief of OCD-CAR, on Wednesday appealed to all local DRRMCs to harmonize preparedness measures.

Paragas said “high-density population gatherings like this should also be one of our priorities as this is our way of supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are the forefront for safety and security concerns during elections.”

As the chairperson of the Cordillera RDRRMC, OCD CAR Directo Andrew Alex Uy signed and issued Memorandum 14 series 2016 directing all LDRRMCs to back the regional council’s efforts in facilitating emergency response mechanisms.

On April 21, OCD-CAR committed to lend generator sets to back the power supply before, during and after elections. PNA/northboundasia.com