The Isabela provincial office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been commended “for its whole-hearted cooperation and immense support to the trimming of trees and clean-up activities” during the observance of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Day recently.
DILG Provincial Director Elpidio A. Durwin received the Certificate of Special Commendation from the Isabela Provincial DRRM Council for the department’s active involvement and participation in the event.
Prior to the observance of the Isabela Provincial DRRM Day, PD Durwin organized the DILG Isabela Monitoring and Documentation Committee with the main task of checking the compliance of the cities, municipalities and barangays of the province with the said executive order issued by the province calling for the conduct of DRRM activities.
Aside from the committee, PD Durwin likewise directed all City and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers in the province to monitor the conduct of the activity in their respective areas of responsibility and to submit reports anent the observance.
Meanwhile, based on field reports, all of Isabela province’s two cities and 34 municipalities observed the Provincial DRRM Day with the conduct of various DRRM-related activities.
In the municipality of Cabagan, some 30 trainees of the Philippine Army based at Upi, Gamu in the province joined forces with the employees of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office and local government unit in the de-clogging of the town’s drainage and cleaning-up of the municipal road.
Barangay officials and barangay tanods of Casibarag Norte, on the other hand, pruned trees and trimmed tall and thick grasses along the roads to give travelers a clear view of the path going to and from the municipality.
In the neighboring municipalities of Santa Maria and San Pablo, LGU officials and employees, Bureau of Fire Protection personnel , local police, barangay leaders and community people also actively took part in similar activities. (Vincent G. Dela Rosa, LGOO III/PIO)