By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has assured that all local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) in the earthquake affected areas of Mindanao are up on their toes in conducting assistance operations to the victims.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said coordinated efforts of the DRRMCs and the local government units (LGU) remained operational to supplement the concerted efforts of various agencies for the victims of the earthquakes.
He assured the local chief executives (LCEs) of the affected areas “are now on the ground to assess damages and spearhead immediate response operations’’.
These include the evacuation of victims, movement of injured residents, and management of the missing and the dead.
The DILG chief noted assistance from various national government agencies under the Regional DRRMC are also continuously coming in.
Through the NDRRMC, the national government is continuously mobilizing all resources to supplement the efforts of local bodies.
“In these trying times, we encourage the people to remain calm and face the challenges with the safety of the people as the first priority. Pinakamahalaga pa rin po ang buhay ng tao (The lives of people are still of prime importance),’’ Año said.
Año asked the affected residents to first assess with local authorities the stability of affected structures before utilizing them again.
“Please cooperate with the various DRRMC entities and your LGUs to ensure your safety and well-being,’’ he added.
Together with President Duterte, the DILG joins the nation in praying for the people of Northern, Central and Eastern Mindanao in the wake of two strong earthquakes that shook the region this week.