By Jesusa S. Avena
The Provincial Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PCCDRRMO) of Cagayan which is located at San Gabriel Village, Tuguegarao City, was recently inaugurated on July 20, 2013.
Edna T. Junio, Provincial Administrator said during the inaugural program that the PCCDRRMO is the first and only disaster management center in the country which integrated the climate change operation. This was lauded by the Commission on Climate Change in Malacañang. “The center serves as a venue for meetings and trainings for disaster operations and also a home to partner agencies. The building is a testament of the commitment and dedication of the Provincial Government of Cagayan for disaster preparedness,” Junio added.
Meanwhile, Christian R. Guzman, newly elected Board Member of the 3rd District of Cagayan congratulated the efforts of the people behind the establishment of the center and the efforts of all agencies and stakeholders involved in the creation of the PCCDRRMO.
Guzman also mentioned in his speech that he will propose to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Cagayan the creation of a committee on climate change and disaster risk and reduction. He also urged the people to be resilient and to work for the mitigation of the effects of climate change and disasters.
During the program, awarding of plaques of recognition were awarded to Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMCs) and rescue teams of the province.
The inauguration of the PCCDRRMC is in line with the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration that is commemorated every July.
Among the guests present during the inaugural program were Atty. Catherine Allas, Commission on Election Provincial Director; PSupt. Renato Malonga, Cagayan Police Provincial Office Deputy Director; Provincial Government of Cagayan department heads and employees; representatives of the different MDRRMCS and rescue teams in the province and national government agencies.
The PCCDRRMO continues to operation within four thematic areas in disaster management and risk reduction: (1) mitigation and prevention, (2) preparedness, (3) response and (4) recovery and rehabilitation. The center operates 24/7.