CALBAYOG CITY-As National Disaster Consciousness Month opens, Calbayog City has lined up activities highlighting recognition of individuals and groups who, without reservation, volunteered themselves in the city’s quick response after Yolanda’s devastation in Tacloban November 8, and lately, in Barangay Binaliw, this city, on June 26. In a simple ceremony held on July 8 at the city hall stage, Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino led the distribution of certificates of recognition to the barangay rescue volunteers called SALVAR (Saving lives by volunteers and active rescuers) for their valuable and untiring support to the city government of Calbayog through City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

SALVAR is known to be ever ready to respond in the rescue, search and relief operations of the city during calamities and disasters. CDRRM head Estanislao Cortado, in his message, stressed that it is everyone’s responsibility to lessen the impact of a hazard or any disaster, and likewise, minimize the loss of lives.

To recall, early morning of June 26 at exactly 3:30 a.m. a tornado hit Barangay Binaliw, 20 kilometers away from the city proper, which resulted to the destruction of 92 houses, rendering 501 residents’ homeless and 8 injured. The tornado also destroyed 8 motorized and 3 non-motorized pump boats. (AIMEE CATALAN/PR)