PRC and LGU team-up

IMMENSELY laudable is the initiative taken both by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the city government of Valenzuela that’s sure to benefit its residents.

Just recently, Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, who’s PRC governor, and PRC chairman Richard Gordon have signed a memorandum of agreement with five major hospitals in the city to ensure provision of utmost degree of service and emergency response systems in cases of mass casualties and disasters.

What’s equally significant is the establishment of the Welfare Desks that’ll provide psychosocial support and restore family links intended to facilitate communications with family members of victims in case a mass casualty, disaster and emergency occur in the

With the MOA signed, triage and other emergency response services to victims of mass-casualty incidents and disasters will be ready in no time at the five-partner hospitals, according to Gatchalian who’s the vice chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines for the national capital region.

Based on the damage estimation from concerned government agencies and the Japan International Cooperation Agency at the worst case scenario with the potential rupture of West Valley Faults, approximately 170,000 residential houses will collapse, 340,000 residential houses will be partly damaged, 34,000 persons will die and 114,000 persons will be injured in the metropolis.

He then makes the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Council active and instigates the city’s own Rescue Unit, which is equipped, not just with gears, but with appropriate trainings to immediately response to address the aftermaths of disasters.

Signing the MOA with PRC were Hospital Director, Dr. Rolando Tecson for Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital; President and Medical Director, Dr. Ferdinand Calalang for Calalang General Hospital; Medical Director, Dr. Serafin David Serapio for Sanctissimo Rosario General Hospital; Medical Director, Dr. Annie Joyce Alagano for K.C. Calderon Hospital; and Pres. and Medical Director, Dr. Vicente Santos, Jr. for Fatima University Medical Center. Justice on Wheels in Navotas.

In nearby Navotas, the Supreme Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels program was launched with Mayor John Rey Tiangco giving all his all-out support as he cites its role in providing easy and fast resolution on pending cases at the metropolitan trial courts.

The ‘justice on wheels’ was made possible with the effort of SC Associate Justice and EJoW committee chairperson Mariano del Castillo and Mayor Tiangco who says: “Since the city only has one trial court, this program will surely help many Navoteños whose cases may be decided upon immediately by the series of hearings with the assistance of Malabon Regional Trial Court.”

Along with Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, they entertained a dialogue between the members of the lower court and visited the Bureau of Jail and Management Penology to resolve or note arising issues in their respective offices.

Relatedly, the local government has been pushing for the approval of House Bill 04471 authored by Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco. HB 04471 seeks for the creation of “three additional branches of the Regional Trial Court and two additional branches of the Metropolitan Trial Courts to be stationed in the city of Navotas.

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