General & Misc

Bill declaring "Sendong Memorial and Disaster Preparedness Day" in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City approved

Date: 27 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 2580 which seeks to declare December 16 of every year as the" Sendong Memorial and Disaster Preparedness Day" in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.

Rep. Maximo Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), principal author of the bill, said typhoon Sendong entered the country late night of December 16, 2011 and hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City during the wee hours of December 17, 2011. Sendong caused tremendous damage including loss of lives and destruction of property which led President Benigno Aquino to issue Proclamation No. 303 declaring a state of national calamity, he said.

"To constantly remind us of what the wrath of Mother Nature can do and remember both the victims and those involved in rescue, a day of remembrance should be held every year in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, wherein exhibits and forums on disaster awareness and disaster readiness are conducted along with other activities which would remind us of the damage that Mother Nature can bring if we do not take care of our environment," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Sendong affected at least 92,964 families or 641, 098 persons. Reports cited that at least 1,010 people were found dead while about 200 persons were missing.

The bill mandates the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to lead the tree planting and reforestation activities.

The bill also mandates the NDRRMC to carry out forums on disaster and risk reduction in Cagayan de Oro City, while the Climate Change Commission (CCC) shall conduct forums on climate change adaption.

The local government units (LGUs) of Cagayan de Oro and Ilagan Cities shall convene their respective Local Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) to conduct seminars for the implementation of disaster risk reduction measures.

The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) shall organize information campaign to increase disaster awareness, climate change, the ill effect of abusing the environment, disaster preparedness and readiness.

The bill also proposed for other activities that would raise awareness, fun run and photo exhibits.

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