Sun.Star Pampanga - - PER­SPEC­TIVE! -

Gover­nor Pineda's con­stant motto. he has cham­pi­oned the con­struc­tion of a pro­vin­cial com­mand cen­ter that is linked to coastal and in­land com­mu­ni­ties to make dis­as­ter re­sponses quicker.

BREAK­THROUGHS. The PDR­RMC pi­o­neered in Cen­tral Lu­zon the con­struc­tion and es­tab­lish­ment of three three-storey per­ma­nent evac­u­a­tion cen­ters in Barangay San Isidro in Ma­galang town, Barangay Con­cep­cion in Lubao town, and Barangay Sta. Maria in Mex­ico town

It be­gan land bank­ing by buy­ing 10.7 hectares in Barangay San Roque in Mex­ico town, 5 hectares in San Isidro in Ma­galang town, 42 hectares in Sta. Catalina in Lubao and 10 hectares in Te­la­pay­ong in Arayat town (un­der usufract con­tract with the Na­tional Hous­ing Au­thor­ity) as re­lo­ca­tion site sand pos­si­bly a trad­ing post for the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Through col­ored stick­ers, it tagged houses in re­mote coastal vil­lages to be able to pri­or­i­tize the res­cue of el­derly (orange), per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and ail­ments (red) and chil­dren (yel­low).

It has or­ga­nized a wide net­work for in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion in dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, mo­bi­liz­ing 550 pub­lic school teach­ers and 9,760 Nanay (moth­ers) com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who as­sist vil­lage lead­ers.

It is well-equipped for res­cue mis­sions and med­i­cal emer­gen­cies. It has also five back­hoes on barge that deepen creeks and rivers year­round. It has trucks ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing fuel and wa­ter.

It has forged part­ner­ships with the Pam­panga Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Filipino-Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Philip­pine Red Cross, Pam­panga As­so­ci­a­tion of Wa­ter Dis­tricts, Pam­panga Truck­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Pam­panga Youth As­so­ci­a­tion, Cen­ter for Emer­gency Aid and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Inc. (CON­CERN), Pam­panga Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Net­work and As­so­ci­a­tion of Health Work­ers.

Af­ter do­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in Ta­cloban and Sa­mar that bore the wrath of Su­perTyphoon "Yolanda" in Novem­ber 2013, the Pam­panga PDR­RMC made res­cue and re­lief mis­sions to flood vic­tims of Typhoon "Lando" in Nueva Ecija in Oc­to­ber 2015, Bataan and Olon­gapo City in 2019

It con­ducts train­ing and drills in evac­u­a­tion and evac­u­a­tion man­age­ment. It leads man­groves plant­ing in coastal com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to cre­ate a nat­u­ral belt against storm surges from Manila Bay.

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