BAGUIO CITY: The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is distributing “batingting”, an improvised metallic sound-based community warning device, to Cordillera local government units to remind the public of the importance of early warning systems in ensuring disaster resilient communities. During the recent Ifugao leg of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Summit, OCD Assistant Regional Director Jose Valera turned over 11 “batingting” to local chief executives headed by Governor Denis Habawel. “The batingting(s) that are being awarded to our local counterpart are also tokens of appreciation for forging a stronger partnership in enhancing the culture of pro-active approach in disaster preparedness and at the same time a reminder for all stakeholders, including the public, on the importance of institutionalizing early warning systems in ensuring disaster resilient communities in every parts of the region,” said Andrew Alex Uy, chairman of OCD-Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and management Council. OCD has so far distributed 58 batingtings in Abra, Apayao, Mountain Province and Ifugao.


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