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GUIMARAS – Themunicipality of Sibunag has been cited for having the best Municipal DisasterRisk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) in this island province. The Gawad KALASAGregional awarding ceremony was held at Smallville 21 Hotel on Sept. 6, 2019./PN “Since this isthe first time for the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to initiate this specialcategory, it will help out in two aspects, first, on the motivational side ofthe actual people leading DRRM in our municipality and second, this will guideour local chief executive to boost support to DRRM-related programs andprojects so all the needs and gaps will be addressed,” he said. The GuimarasProvincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Jordan DRRM council,meanwhile, were commended for active response during the maritime incident offIloilo Strait on Aug. 3, 2019 (three motorboats capsized). The concept ofGawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) wasadopted from the Filipino term for shield, kalasag,used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies orharmful animals. Jordan and NuevaValencia towns placed second and third, respectively. The award waspart of the special category, Best DRRM Advocate, of the 21st Gawad KALASAGAwards of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council inWestern Visayas. It wasestablished as the country’s premier recognition scheme to various stakeholdersthat design and implement DRRM programs that protect and shield high riskcommunities against hazards and render them more capable of addressing theirvulnerabilities and coping from disasters. Mark Delotindo,Sibunag’s MDRRMO chief, said the recognition is a motivation to further improveoperations.
The Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a call of a shed on fire on a property on 96 Avenue between 84 and 82 Street. The shed was a loss and while a primary cause has yet to be determined, a hydro wire is being attributed as a secondary cause in the blaze.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said fires near hydro wires can potentially create a secondary issue relating to a blaze as it did in this case.“It was a garden shed attached to a garage. The garage sustained some minor damage. The shed was a loss. We believe that the hydro was a secondary issue around the fact that there was a fire. We haven’t determined the cause of the fire at this time. In many cases a hydro issue can errupt at a structure fire because all of the components of what’s supposed to happen with hydro is interfered with. The insulation starts melting and the wires come together and may or may not short out. In this case they stayed live for awhile.”- Advertisement -The home on the property sustained minor fire damage. No one was injured as a result of the situation.