DILG reminds local execs not to abandon their posts during calamities

Published July 3, 2019, 10:17 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Chito Chavez

With two tropical storms expected this month, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded all local chief executives to remain in their posts before, during and after calamities.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año insisted that they should be in their respective areas of jurisdiction during calamities as leaders and chairpersons of their respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils.

He noted that the presence of the local chief executives is a must before, during and after weather disturbances and other emergency cases as they have to personally oversee preparations and do the necessary actions to mitigate the impact of the disaster to the lives and properties.

The DILG chief stressed it is imperative that the concerned LCEs are physically present in their areas so that they can “make an intelligent assessment and informed and timely decisions” on what to do during the calamity.

During critical times Año emphasized that time is of the essence because decisions and actions should be done immediately as the lives and livelihood of the people are at stake.

He noted local officials should also closely monitor all roads sections and highways with high to very high susceptibility to landslides.

“Local governments are also advised to consider early declaration of suspension of work and classes,”Año said.

Año has also compelled the DILG Regional Offices in areas hit by calamities to activate their respective disaster monitoring and reporting systems.

He added the DILG Regional Offices are also expected to ensure that LGUs within their areas are actively carrying out actions as suggested in Operation L!STO and more, if necessary, to prepare communities especially those in low-lying and/or landslide-prone areas, highways, and riverbanks, including fishermen.

“Like the LCEs, you should also closely monitor the situation in your areas of responsibility and continue to monitor all PAGASA weather advisories and typhoon bulletins,” he concluded.