Guingona urges LGUs to beef up disaster preparation

To avert future disasters and boost government’s capacity to promote human security, Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III is urging local government leaders to beef up their disaster preparation and mitigation plans throughout the country.
Guingona made this appeal to local government unit (LGU) leaders a year after the tsunami tragedy struck Japan which claimed more than 15,000 lives and damaged properties amounting to more than US$ 15 billion last year.
“Improving our strategies to prepare for disasters could save lives and minimize economic losses. Our country is prone to natural calamities and the local governments should be well-equipped in preparing and handling disasters. Filipinos must also be well-informed and empowered on how to react when facing different calamities,” Guingona said.
He emphasized that local leaders should help their respective communities to plan for, and adapt to the impacts of natural and man-made hazards. [PNA]