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Bulacan beefs up its evacuation center management

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Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Head and Evacuation Center Manager Rowena J. Tiongson (front) orients the designated focal persons and relevant stakeholders who attended the Orientation on Evacuation Camp Management and Psychosocial First Aid held at Francisco Balagtas Hall in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, City of Malolos, Bulacan on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo courtesy by Provincial Public Affairs Office)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Daniel R. Fernando through its Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office partnered with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Red Cross Bulacan Chapter in conducting the “Orientation on Evacuation Center Management and Psychosocial First Aid on Wednesday at the Francisco Balagtas Hall in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here.

A total of 120 employees from the PGB and other local government units attended the whole day orientation and semi-training about their roles in the event that a disaster or a calamity happened that needs evacuation responses.

Evacuation Center Manager Rowena Tiongson made sure that the roles of the PGB focal persons and other agencies who will serve as the Camp Evacuation Management Team will be relayed accordingly in case the evacuation centers got activated.

“As we prepare, join in prayer as we will never experience these disasters. While we just want to be sure and be prepared, it is good to be safe all of us,” Tiongson said.

Accordingly, the Camp Evacuation Management Team will be responsible for the information management, accommodating the families, providing water sanitation hygiene, giving transportation services to the evacuees, security and public safety, food preparation, relief distribution, medical and health nutrition.

The Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium and Bulacan Sports Complex will serve as the evacuation centers in the province wherein the gymnasium can accommodate 100 family of 5 members per tent while the sports complex can accommodate more or less 300 families of 5 members per tent with a home-like set up where the internally displaced persons (IDP) can use a communal kitchen and dining area, a couple’s room, sports and recreation, and child friendly space and portable toilets.

During the orientation proper, DRRM Officer II Ronald Maniego highlighted the importance of evacuation center coordination and management in terms of planning and organizing to ensure efficient delivery of services to the affected families.

“Families in the evacuation center are like trees dotted in the ground, seemingly lost their lives or livelihood. As we are capable of helping, it is good for us to feel these people who support them,” Maniego said.

The PGB also made sure that the proper support and care will be given to the evacuees by having a Psychological First Aid provider present in the evacuation centers to help ease the stress of the affected families in case the unforeseen events happen. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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