LAOAG CITY – The National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council today turned over nineteen rubber boats with outboard motor and accessories to LGUs in Ilocos Norte to be used for rescue operations during disasters.
Undersecretary Benito Ramos of the Office of the Civil Defense turned over the rubber boats to Governor Imee Marcos, chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council, and mayors representing the 19 flood prone municipalities in this province.
The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement, blessing and turnover of the rubber boats were held during a simple ceremony in front of the provincial capitol here.
Gov. Marcos said that aside from being used in disaster rescue operations, the rubber boats would also aid in the province’s combat against illegal fishing.
Ilocos Norte has been identified as a recipient of this donation from the NDRRMC as it is one of the disaster-prone regions in the country.
Since the typhoon season has officially begun, Ilocos Norte has been increasing efforts in disaster preparedness. The Provincial Planning and Development Council (PDRRMC) has been disseminating news alerts on Ilocos Norte’s official website www.ilocosnorte.gv.ph to prepare residents on what to do during calamities.
Low-lying communities, including the towns of Bacarra, Dingras, Paoay, San Nicolas, Solsona and the City of Laoag, are at the center of the province’s attention on account of the constant flooding they experience during the typhoon season. (Nicole Rudio, CMO-PGIN)