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Province improves Iloilo communities’ ability to withstand disasters

During Monday’s routine flag-raising ceremony in the provincial capital, the provincial government of Iloilo distributed PHP28 million in disaster aid to different municipalities for the creation of resilience hubs and the purchase of rescue boats.

“We have PHP 5 million set up for resilience hubs in strategic towns. That is a base of operations that we may take into consideration, along with our municipalities, as part of the Provincial Civil Defense Operations. As stated earlier, this will be for managing the environment, particularly the seas, according to Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

It will be possible to respond more quickly to emergencies and disasters thanks to the hubs that will be built in Miagao, Banate, Estancia, and Carles, which will support the Provincial Civil Defense (ProCid) operations center at the provincial capital.

In a follow-up interview, Jerry Bionat, a provincial disaster risk reduction, and management (PDRRM) officer noted that the towns were the first to accept the donation, have a free lot, and are prepared to run the hub.

He continued by saying that the governor plans to build a total of 15 operations hubs before his term is out.

Computers and communications tools will be present in the hub, which will be staffed by representatives of the Municipal DRRM and PDRRM offices, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Philippine National Police.

Pavia, Tigbauan, Estancia, and Leganes municipalities each received a PHP 2 million cheque for the purchase of boats for rescue operations in the event of significant floods.

They will be the ones to purchase it, but we advised that it be mobile, flat, and manageable, according to Bionat.

Previous years saw the provincial government releasing money for the purchase of rescue boats for the following locations: Sara, Dingle, Guimbal, Batad, Miagao, San Dionisio, Ajuy, Banate, Lambunao, Balasan, Zarraga, Lemery, Mina, Pavia, Tigbauan, Maasin, Calinog, Estancia, and Dueas.

The towns of Guimbal, Batad, Sara, Passi City, Leon, Lambunao, Alimodian, and New Lucena received an additional PHP1 million apiece for the purchase of rescue apparatus.

Since the LGUs’ calamity budget isn’t very large, he claimed that the governor would like to equip them with amenities to make them more useful.

Typhoons, flooding, storm surges, and landslides frequently affect Iloilo.

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