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In distant villages, Davao Oriental is stepping up its catastrophe response.

An official from the Davao Oriental provincial administration said Tuesday that the province has purchased new rescue vehicles to help its 50 barangay disaster risk reduction and management committees (BDRRMCs) in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) respond to disasters.

Karen Lou Deloso, the provincial communications officer, said Monday evening that 19 of the 50 custom-built barangay rescue vehicles were delivered to the provincial capitol.

The remaining 31 cars will be delivered soon, according to Deloso, who added that the units are on Governor Nelson Dayanghirang’s list of high-profile initiatives.

“These cars are also part of the provincial administration’s Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) initiatives to ensure the sustainability and presence of government services in the areas,” she added.

Each rescue vehicle has a 4×4 drivetrain, a searchlight located in the middle of the ship, a fire extinguisher, and medical supplies.

“The handover ceremony will take place in June, just before Governor Dayanghirang steps down as the province’s local chief executive,” Deloso said.

The NTF-ELCAC has identified the beneficiary barangays, she added.

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