VIEW FROM CALUMPANG: Diego Cagahastian

Disaster Response In Lucena

Feb 24, 2023, 1:05 AM
Diego S. Cagahastian

Diego S. Cagahastian


The recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, and nearer to us, that one in Masbate, have prodded youthful Mayor Mark Don Victor Benitez Alcala of Lucena City to put the city on tip-top preparedness.

According to recent memory, no huge natural disaster has happened to Lucena, but it pays to be prepared, says Mayor Kuya Mark.

And so, the disaster response personnel of Lucena city government continue to improve their skills to better serve the Lucenahins.

The personnel of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office recently underwent a five-day standard first aid and basic life support training.

The event was spearheaded by the Department of Health in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The mayor said through continuous training, the first responders of Lucena will be better prepared to handle any natural calamity.

Maasin City Road Project

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported that it has completed a road concreting project in Libhu, Maasin City, Southern Leyte to improve travel conditions and increase productivity in agriculture, trade, and tourism.

DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, citing a report submitted by DPWH Region 8 Director Edgar B. Tabacon, said that the ₱15-million project was funded from the 2022 General Appropriations Act (GAA) as part of the Agency’s Sustainable Infrastructure Project Alleviating Gaps (SIPAG) program.

The project consists of a two-lane concrete road measuring a total of 1.58-lane kilometers, with added shoulder, lined canal, and slope protection works.

“With the completion of this project, farmers and local entrepreneurs in the area of Libhu can now experience a safer and faster delivery of goods to commercial hubs in nearby towns, which would eventually generate lesser transport costs and higher income returns,” said Secretary Bonoan.

People in Barangay Libhu rely mainly on farming coconut, rice, banana, root crops, fruits, and vegetables and livestock production as their main source of income.

Aside from benefitting the agricultural sector, the newly-concreted road likewise contributes to eco-waste administration as it also leads to Libhu Dumpsite; a waste management facility established to accommodate wastes, serving as a vital part of maintaining cleanliness in Maasin City.

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