Members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (MDRRMC) have convened for its First Quarter Full Council meeting at the Mayor’s Office conference room, 3rd flr., Mytalic Bldg., Camalig Municipal Hall, Brgy. 2, Poblacion, Camalig, Albay.
 
To ensure total public safety in the town, the council mainly focused in intensifying LGU-Camalig’s pandemic and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
 
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (MDRRMO) relayed Mayon Volcano updates including daily monitoring inputs and risk analysis – as of March 5, 2021, a total of one hundred and seventy-seven (177) volcanic earthquakes and fifty-four (54) rock fall events have been recorded.
 
MDRRMO also tackled the Mayon Volcano Population At Risk – a data platform comprised of the total number of barangays, families, and vulnerable sectors (PWDs, Senior Citizens, and children) in Camalig, Albay that are likely to be affected by volcanic eruption and a reference of the local government in the allocation of resources, conduct of evacuation.
 
LGU-Camalig also eyes to permanently relocate a hundred and eleven (111) families residing in Puroks 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Brgy. Tumpa which is considered as one of the high risk areas in the town.
 
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (MDRRMO) further reported inputs of the Municipal Rescue & Emergency Transport Unit (MRETU), citing a total of thirty-four (34) responded cases comprised of 18 vehicular accidents, 14 medical incidents, and 2 fire incidents for the period of January 1 to March 5, 2021.
 
To establish effective disaster preparedness at the barangay level, the MDRRMO is currently conducting weekly training of the Barangay Emergency Response Teams (BERTs) wherein participants learn basic first aid, lifting, bandaging and carrying techniques, reporting protocols and documentation, transport procedures, and other life-saving procedures.
 
Moreover, the council approved MDRRMC Resolution No. 01-2021 to further the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation efforts for all affected sectors through the Local Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Fund Annual Investment Plan (LDRRMFAIP) – Trust Liability – Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Fund (TL-DRRMF).
 
In matters concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and control, the Local Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment (LTFCVD) remains to be an active augmentation force in LGU-Camalig’s continuing fight against the pandemic.
 
The LTFCVD discussed key strategies regarding the upcoming municipal-wide vaccine rollout including profiling of priority population/vaccinees, designation of vaccination areas, community awareness campaigns, and other vaccine-related programs – to date, 1,048 Frontline Health Workers and 15 barangays with indigent residents have so far been profiled.
 
In the closing parts of the meeting, discussions delved in vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
 
The council is scheduled to convene again on June to relay further accomplishments and reports, and formulate intervention priorities relative to the needs and expectations of the Camaligueños.
 
As of March 5, 2021, Camalig, Albay has 25 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 23 recoveries and 2 deaths – the municipality remains COVID-free for 13 consecutive days.
 
 
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO