“BE alert, be aware, have a plan.”

This was the objective of the just held Strategic Planning on Integrated Disaster Preparedness, Prevention & Mitigation and Response spearheaded by the Provincial Governor’s Office through Provincial Administrator Provo B. Antipasado, Jr., DILG-Bukidnon Provincial Director Ronelo Alvarez, Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Officer Arsenio Alagenio which was attended by soldiers, policemen, DILG-Municipal/City Officers, school institutions, Civic Organization such as Guardian’s Mindanao.

PSWD Officer Alagenio emphasized that Disaster Response (before, during and after the incident)is to be prepared based on the guidelines set by the Commission on Audit (COA).

According to Provincial Administrator Jun Antipasado that management by objective is determined by its result not of reason and success is determined by decision made. He further stressed that it is vital to come up with a synchronized, unified, coordinated movements in responding to a certain incident to lessen the damage that start from planning.

The primary role of DILG hereis to enhance the capacity of communities by giving its people exact information on the effect of climate change, contingency planning at the local level because Filipinos are labeled as disaster resilient but are not ready / prepared. This was the reason whylocal drills and exercises of local disaster response planning are done simultaneously.

In line of this, the Provincial Government of Bukidnon led by Provincial Governor Alex P. Calingasan with the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. is doing its effortin realizing the 24-hour Operation and Communication System of the province to response to all emergency calls and to have an appropriate response.

With these, the government is encouraging the private sectors and the public in general to actively participate in all its endeavors because disaster knows no political boundary and that we have to pull all the capacities and resources altogether so we could live in this province safely through Neighborhood Watch Program. This is in consideration that government power emanates from the citizen.