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Press Release
June 9, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY  –  In order to highlight the need for local government units and all stakeholders to be prepared for any disaster, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 8 will conduct its own edition of the Tapatan roadshow on Disaster Preparedness on Monday, June 11, 2012.

DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo

According to DILG-8 RD Pedro A. Noval Jr. the activity at 9:00 AM - 12 noon at DPWH Multi Purpose Hall, in Palo, Leyte to be headed by DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo will see the regional launching of the Seal of Disaster Preparedness. The series of regional forums aims to harness commitment of LGUs to formulate and implement DRRM Plans; ensure establishment of DRRMOs and to clarify the roles of everyone regarding disaster preparedness.

A PressCon will be held at the PNP Regional Office-8 Conference Room from 9:00-10:00 AM, right after the Flag-Raising Ceremonies at the parade grounds.

Thereafter, Sec. Robredo will proceed to the DPWH Multi-Purpose Hall, Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte for his speaking engagement and interfacing with local officials and other stakeholders in the Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness.

The regional forum, with the tagline, "Magtapatan tayo: handa na ba kayo?" is a nationwide initiative of the department acting as Vice Chair of the National DRRM Council for Disaster Preparedness. It aims to harness commitment of LGUs and stakeholders for concrete actions to prepare against disasters. It likewise seeks to clarify roles and issues regarding disaster preparedness.

Aside from Local Chief Executives, also invited to the gathering are the respective LGU DRRM officers; member agencies of the Regional DRRM Council; media; as well as civil society organizations and private organizations with advocacies on DRRM.

Highlights include: an Interfacing with Secretary Robredo; distribution of checks to seven (7) municipalities who were awarded in the 2nd round of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) last 2011; a signing  of a Memorandum of Agreement with 20 LGUs who are recipients of the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG) program; signing of the USUFRUCT contract with the provincial government of Leyte on the use of the lot where the regional office and Leyte provincial offices are located; and signing of the pledge of commitment to Disaster Preparedness of all participants.