07 June 2012

Central Luzon holds search, rescue drill

MARIVELES — The Office of Civil Defense has sounded the alarm over 20 to 30 townspeople missing amid storm signal No. 2 over widespread flooding caused by overflowing rivers.

This is a drill in a mission set by OCD director Josefina Timoteo at the incident command post during the 4th Central Luzon annual Water Search and Rescue Simulation Exercises, dispatching 20 go-teams from different localities.

Responding to the call were teams from Provincial Government of Bataan; city government of Balanga, Bataan; Provincial Government of Pampanga; Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Provincial Government of Tarlac; Provincial Government of Bulacan; local governments of Marilao, Calumpit, Sta. Maria, Pulilan, and San Jose Del Monte City of Bulacan; Provincial Government of Nueva Ecija; and city governments of Palayan and Cabanatuan City of Nueva Ecija.

“We want to institutionalize ICP so that every local disaster management team will know how to handle any emergency,” she said.

Rescuers equipped with rubber boats, life vests, and oxygen tanks flocked to municipal waters under the watch of Mayor Jesse Concepcion who hosted the exercises.

“People will have more confidence to the rescuers if they know they are well-trained,” he said. “The camaraderie among rescue teams in the region was also reinforced in the holding of WASAR”.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activated the Incident Command Post which coordinated the operations.

Administrator Luis Gonzales said Mariveles paramedics in ambulances participated in the drill. (Butch Gunio, Manila Standard)