Quezon Governor David “Jay-Jay” Suarez and Dir. Vicente F. Tomazar - Regional Director OCD 4A, Executive Officer RDRRMC 4A with the awardees: Imanuel Lozano MDRRMC Gen. Nakar, Mauban Mayor Fernando “Ding Dong” Q. Llamas, Brgy. Captain of brgy. Pinaglapatan, Infanta Quezon - Ferdinand Francia, MDRRMC Pitogo Teresa Ibarra, MDRRMC Candelaria Ron Crisostomo, MDRRMC Mulanay Isidro Fuertre, MDRRMC Tayabas City Melvin Rada, MDRRMC Tiaong Celso Degrado, MDRRMC Mauban Regina Ibaysa, Kabalikat QPCC Lanie Fujimuri, Rev. Father Mario Establecida , MDRRMC Lucban Jojo Reñeses at the Flag Raising Ceremony last Monday in front of the Quezon Provincial Capitol.
Together with the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month with the theme of “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan”, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) awarded 8 municipalities and one barangay as the best Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) and Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) at the Flag Raising Ceremony last Monday, July 16, in front of the Quezon Capitol, Lucena City.
Before the awarding at the flag ceremony, the PDRRMC had a motorcade that started at the Capitol around 6 am. The motorcade cruised along Merchan Street, to Quezon Medical Center and back to Perez Park through Quezon Avenue. Those present in the motorcade were Team Energy, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Philippine National Police/QPPO, Department of Interior and Local Government, PPA, Department of Public Works and Highway, Rescue 117, Task Force Lucena, Social Action Center Northern Quezon, Department of Agrarian Reform, CARPO, Lucena Police Station MC Rider, Kabalikat Quezon, Provincial Jail, Red Cross Lucena City, 117 Lucena, and Maritime.
It was around 8 am when the 8 municipalities were conferred their awards at the flag ceremony. The outstanding towns that received the honor as the Best MDRRMC are Pitogo, Lucban, Tiaong, Mauban, Mulanay, Infanta, General Nakar, and Tayabas City.
Likewise, Brgy. Pinaglapatan, from Infanta, Quezon received special recognition as the Best BDRRMC because of its fast and efficient rescue of several fishermen who were thrown overboard during bad weather.
Kabalikat 888 was also recognized as the Official Communication of the province because of its fast relay of information, especially during times of danger and calamity.
As a tribute to Infanta, Quezon’s late Rev. Fr. Charlito “CHA” Colendres, the Provincial Government gave a posthumous award in honor of his heroism and bravery during the typhoons Winnie and Yoyong, where he died rescuing several townsfolk back in 2004.
In the speech of Regional Director, OCD 4A and Executive Officer RDRRMC 4A, Dir. Vicente F. Tomazar, he praised the province of Quezon for its preparedness for sudden calamity. He said that he has no worries for Quezon, with the kind of readiness it has, headed by the Chairman of PDRRMC in the person of Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez.
In Gov. Suarez’s address, he expressed his pleasure that 8 towns and 1 barangay in his town made of 39 municipalities and 2 cities were able to garner risk reduction management awards. According to him, the Provincial Government now plans to officially distribute the award in the barangay level as well, as a part of the plan to develop Barangay Risk Reduction Management Councils for the coming years.
The Provincial Government will also set into motion a training and education program for Barangay Tanods, as they are, in the words of Gov. Suarez, the first line of defense of the citizenry in barangays during calamities.
Before he ended his speech, Gov. Suarez mentioned that in his upcoming State of the Province Address, he will again refer to the municipalities that received recognition for risk reduction management, and make them an example for Quezon’s other towns and city to follow. (Quezon PIO)