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MAKATI SETS ASIDE P15 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO LOCALITIES AFFECTED BY TYPHOON ONDOY

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by joselito capariño

Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay today said the city government of Makati has appropriated P15 Million to assist localities placed under a state of calamity by the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

Binay said City Ordinance No. 2008-035 was approved by the City Council in a special session this morning.

Binay said the amount will be used to provide relief goods and other basic needs of the typhoon victims, particularly blankets and sleeping mats. Relief operations will be carried out in affected localities in Metro Manila and Makati’s sister local government units (LGU) in typhoon-hit provinces.

Meanwhile, Binay said Makati Rescue Units have been deployed to Cainta, Marikina, Pasig, and other areas outside Makati to help in rescue efforts since Saturday afternoon.

“We will pour our efforts to giving aid to people in nearby localities. We are ready to provide food and water and will help in extricating typhoon victims in areas still submerged in flood,” Binay said.

Councilor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr., head of Makati Rescue, said that around 50 rescue personnel, supported by the Makati K-9 Unit, have been working in batches round-the-clock since they started mobilizing at 1pm last Saturday.

“We cannot idly stand and watch fellow Filipinos suffer. The proper course of action is to help in rebuilding and to give people hope that a bright tomorrow still awaits them,” Binay said.

Among the areas to receive assistance are Makati sister localities in the provinces of Mt. Province, Ifugao and Benguet in the Cordillera Autonomous Region; Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos Sur in Region I; Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Viscaya in Region II; Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bataan in Region III; Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon in Region IV-A; Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental and Marinduque in region IV-B; Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur in Region V.

“We are doing everything possible to help families in neighboring localities worst-hit by Typhoon Ondoy. We know that in situations like this, we must act quickly and utilize all available resources in order to reach distressed citizens on time and save their lives,” the younger Binay said.

Initial reports show that the Makati Rescue teams were able to rescue three families trapped in their homes in Provident Village, Marikina, while they also retrieved two bodies.

Using rubber boats and a speedboat, Makati Rescue teams were also able to reach trapped families in flooded areas in Manggahan, Pasig and Cainta, Rizal. At present, the teams continue to conduct search and rescue operations in these areas.

BINAY ORDERS EARTHQUAKE DRILLS IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BUILDINGS

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE

27 JUNE 2009

REF.:  MAKATI ICRD, 8998938

Makati steps up earthquake mitigation measures


Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay has ordered the Department of Education-Makati to prioritize the conduct of earthquake drills in all Makati public schools as part of the intensified disaster risk reduction program being implemented by the city government.

Binay, who is chairman of the Makati City Disaster Coordinating Council (MCDCC), has also ordered MCDCC to immediately coordinate with private building owners and tenants, particularly those in the Central Business District, on the holding of earthquake drills and other measures to strengthen their readiness in case a major earthquake hits the city.

“In light of renewed concerns over the high probability of a major earthquake hitting Metro Manila anytime, we need to step up our capability-building efforts to lessen the damage to lives and properties that can be inflicted by such an occurrence,” Binay said.

Binay was referring to recent news reports on the projected devastating impacts on Metro Manila of an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or higher, which were presented by a senior United Nations official at the just-concluded Global Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Geneva , Switzerland .

Binay said all 28 public elementary schools and 10 high schools of Makati must undergo earthquake drills as soon as possible.  At a meeting last Tuesday, Binay instructed DepEd chief Elena Ruiz to mobilize all school disaster coordinators to facilitate the proper and orderly execution of the drill in every school.

Binay said since last year, the city government has been pursuing various initiatives to strengthen its capability for earthquake mitigation and preparedness, including earthquake drills in public and private schools, the City Hall, barangay halls and other public buildings, and establishments in the Central Business District. City engineers and building officials have also been conducting regular inspections to monitor the structural stability of all public and private facilities in the city.

Binay said most of the city’s engineers are officers and members of the Makati Chapter of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), which has been actively involved in the Disaster Quick Response Program of the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

To date, all 33 barangays of Makati have organized and functional Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils that focus on capability-building, including regular training and seminars on disaster preparedness for barangay officials and first-responders.

In January last year, the city government partnered with the Earthquakes and Megacities Inititative (EMI) for the conduct of a Localized Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Management.  A memorandum of understanding signed by Binay and EMI chairman Dr. Fouad Bendimerad became the launching pad for the implementation of the Makati Risk Sensitive Urban Redevelopment Planning pilot project, which is aimed to modify and lessen the physical, social and economic vulnerability of the city to earthquake-related hazards through a comprehensive land use planning.  Through the project, target areas for redevelopment in the city have been identified and subjected to risk assessment surveys and other studies vital to the formulation of a strategic action plan.

The multi-awarded MCDCC is considered one of the best in the country, while one of its components, Makati Rescue, has received many recognitions for its exemplary participation in search, rescue and relief operations extended even to other localities.  The Makati C3, the city’s own state-of-the-art command, control and communications center, serves the emergency needs of stakeholders on a 24/7 basis.