OCD-ARMM, AFP agree to strengthen partnership to save lives, properties
Posted: 2017-Feb-14 23.00.40 UTC+0800
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — The Army's 6th Infantry "Kampilan" Division and the Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) have forged a strong partnership aimed at making government response timely and effective during disasters, both man-made and natural.
Myrna Angot, OCD-ARMM regional director, and her staff met here with Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, newly designated 6th ID commander.
Angot, in a statement, said the meeting was specifically aimed at strengthening the partnership between OCD-ARMM and the 6ID.
She said the communication and coordination mechanisms between partners in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) were also agreed on to save lives and properties during disasters and emergencies.
"The Armed Forces of the Philippines has the lead role in the Search, Rescue and Retrieval (SRR) Cluster," Angot, said, adding that "this is related to the operations concept of the AFP Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR)."
Dela Vega pointed out during the meeting that the 6th ID, with its manpower resources, is always committed to its shared responsibility with DRRM.
"The 6ID is always ready to support the Office of Civil Defense especially if human lives are at stake. We will be committed to quick response in the event of any minor or major disasters," Dela Vega said.
The OCD-ARMM and the 6th ID have been effective partners in humanitarian programs as well as disaster response and, according to Angot, the revitalize partnership between agencies of the government will benefit the people in its areas of operation. (PNA)