NAVAL, Biliran (PIA)- The top official of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Eastern Visayas Region stressed two important things to the different rescue groups in the region during the closing ceremonies of the three-day 2016 Regional Rescue Jamboree (RRJ) held in Biliran province in July 20-22, 2016.
Dr. Edgar L. Posadas, OCD 8 acting regional director, in his message during the closing ceremony of the RRJ emphasized the importance and the necessity in strengthening “coordination and cooperation” among disaster response groups and volunteers in Region 8.
“We must remember that sometimes the impact of a disaster is beyond the capacities and capabilities of one response team in the affected area,” Posadas said.
He hopes, the objectives in strengthening coordination and cooperation among the different rescue groups in the region will be achieved.
The OCD 8 chief also told the participating rescue groups to make full use of what they learned during the three-day jamboree.
“Our instructors and trainers have enhanced your knowledge and skills,” he said, emphasizing continuity in their endeavor for them to make a mark in the history of the regional disaster risk reduction management council in the region.
Posadas urged the different rescue groups in the region to fulfill their respective functions in the attainment of OCD’s vision in the region for a resilient, safer and secured Eastern Visayas through an empowered citizenry.
The three-day RRJ was participated in by Saint Bernard rescue team, Tacloban rescue unit, Palompon rescue unit, Southern Leyte provincial disaster rescue team, PDRRMO Northern Samar, Maasin City emergency response team, Jaro emergency response team, Gandara emergency rescue unit, Dulag emergency response and rescue unit, Calbayog emergency response team, Catbalogan City search and rescue team, Ormoc City rescue Unit, 803rd Infantry Division (ID), Philippine Army (PA), 802nd ID,PA, 8th ID,PA emergency response company, and 546th Engineering Construction Battalion.53 EBDE, PA.
The resource persons of the three-day RRJ were: May Ann I. Soliva-Sta.Lucia, medical officer III,DOH VI; Marlyn W. Convocar, director IV, DOH VI; Manuel F. Quirino, medical center chief II, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center; Myrna C. Cabotaje, regional director IV, DOH Region I,; Robin Carlo M. Elepongga, research and planning officer, CDRRMO of Olongapo City; and Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino, chairperson, Olongapo CDRRMO.