TACLOBAN CITY- City Vice Mayor Jerry “Sambo Yaokasin said that he was glad that finally the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) has a new and permanent chairman.

Yaokasin said that having a permanent chair of the CDRRMC is important considering that the occurrence of typhoons in Tacloban has become frequent. Recently, City Mayor Alfred Romualdez appointed Edilbrando Bernadas as the chair of the CDRRMC, replacing Derek Anido, Jr., who left for abroad. Bernadas was once the chief of the City General Services and ran but lost during the 2013 elections as councilor. Vice Mayor Yaokasin also urged the Executive Department to put up a permanent office for the CDRRMC as well as a hotline wherein the public could call during a disaster. At present, the CDRRMC holds office in a tent at the Kanhuraw Hill.

”We have to institutionalize ito.This is to give the constituents a number to call in times of disasters, emergencies and if in need of assistance” Yaokasin said. Meanwhile, the vice mayor said that he was glad that the people of the city appeared to have learned their experiences during the supertyphoon Yolanda. He said that when Tacloban felt tropical storm Glenda, the people especially those living in tents and bunkhouses voluntarily went to the evacuation centers identified by the city government without being directed.

“I just hope that this will continue in terms of disaster awareness and preparedness for the city of Tacloban “Yaokasin said. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)