Monday, October 3, 2022

PBBM Wants Review Of Disaster Response SOPs


PBBM Wants Review Of Disaster Response SOPs


How do you feel about this story?


President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday floated the need to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) to create a uniform and coordinated approach during disasters.

“I think we have to review our SOPs when there’s a warning. So what do we immediately do when the alert is given to us? How do we preposition the things that we will need?” Marcos said in a Cabinet meeting.

Marcos made the remark in the wake of a magnitude 7 earthquake that rocked northern Luzon on July 27.

The chief executive said the government should preposition satellite phones, generators, and water, among others, once an alert is raised.

“As we know, the very first thing that we have to deal with is really communication, to find out what’s going on where, and then doon na tayo makapag-assess, saan natin uunahin (then from there we can make an assessment and where to begin),” he said.

“Ang experience ko (In my experience), the first thing you have to do is communicate with the local government official,” he added.

During the meeting, the President also discussed the use of airlift assets for disaster response.

“[Dapat nandyan ‘yung] mga tropa natin na gagamitin natin na makakapasok to clear (Our troops for deployment should be there),” he said.

Marcos also cited the importance of engineers who can help in clearing operations and building temporary structures.

In terms of disaster preparedness, the chief executive said in his first State of the Nation Address that the proposed legislation on the Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and National Service Training Program aims to motivate, train, organize and mobilize students for national defense preparedness, including disaster preparedness and capacity building for risk-related situations.

In his visit to Abra on July 28, the President highlighted the need to procure more water purifying systems that will address water supply problems during disasters. (PNA)

Latest News


The Talk

More Stories

PH, Saudi Arabia Eye Cooperation On Green Energy, Digital Infrastructure, Agriculture

President Bongbong Marcos announced the possible enhancement of the partnership between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia when it comes to renewable energy, digital infrastructure, and agriculture.

Nearly 800 Families Affected By Typhoon Karding Received Help From ABS-CBN Foundation

After Typhoon Karding, the ABS-CBN Foundation provided assistance to residents of barangay San Miguel in Bulacan.

#LifeBeginsWell With Biolane: 50 Years Of Expertise And Moments Shared With Families

Biolane celebrated its golden anniversary in giving effective skincare for babies with the theme #LifeBeginsWell.

Mobile Police Outposts To Beef Up Security In Metro Manila

The National Capital Region Police Office provided mobile outposts in Metro Manila to monitor and prevent crimes in the region.

Biden Recognizes Contributions Of Filipino-Americans

United States President Joe Biden showed appreciation for the celebration of Filipino American History Month this October.