12 Metro mayors meet with Mar on disaster response
MANILA – Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be providing SIM cards to the mayor, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and city administrator of each local government unit to enable the DOST to communicate directly and immediately with disaster officials during emergency situations.
The DOST was tasked to call, alert and provide information and recommendations to LGUs during inclement weather so they can base their decisions on immediate data gathered.
Roxas met with Metro Manila mayors in Camp Crame to discuss measures which local government units can take in responding to disasters.
Twelve mayors were present in the meeting including Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Malabon Mayor Len Oreta, Pasay Mayor Antonino Calixto, Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, Pateros Mayor Jaime Medina, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco, Pasig Mayor Maria Belen Eusebio and Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.
Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, Las Piñas Mayor Vergel Aguilar, Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada did not attend the meeting.
The local officials shared their procedures on how they reach decision to call of classes during inclement weather.
Bautista cited this week's class suspensions due to typhoon “Labuyo”, saying that he waited for other local government units to suspend classes before declaring in Quezon City.
Bautista said that coordination is needed between LGUs, citing an example that some students from Quezon City attend classes in Manila and vice-versa.
Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay also presented the NOAH app to the local officials, saying that the app can help LGUs to make sound decisions during disasters and emergencies along with other ground data that they can collect.