INSTALLATION OF LGU-LOON CARHRIHL LOCAL MONITORING CENTER. Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter M. Lopez, MD (third from right) and Provincial Local Monitoring Board (LMB) Coordinator Romeo S. Teruel (third from left) hold up the streamer bannering the installation of the Municipality of Loon Local Monitoring Center of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) during the Assessment/Planning of the Municipal Integrated Area Community Public Safety Plan, Presentation of the Search and Rescue Plan of the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council and Orientation of the Local Monitoring Mechanisms of CARHRIHL on January 20, 2010 at the Loon Sports and Cultural Center. With Mayor Lopez and Teruel are from left: Loon MLGOO and Municipal LMB Coordinator Josie M. Montes, Vice Mayor Edwin R. Ladeza, SB Kag. Precy Branzuela, Loon ABC President Cesar R. Pedrigal, SB Kag. Ricky U. Masamayor, Director for Police Security and Protection Group and Member of the Govt. of the Philippines Monitoring Committee (GRP-MC) on CARHRIHL P/CSupt. Lina C. Sarmiento and OIC, MSWDO and LMB Assistant Coordinator Ma. Vilma G. Palacio. In lower photo, Mayor Lopez speaks to seminar participants that included members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC), Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC), and the 67 barangay captains of Loon.
(ADAM L. SALIGUMBA-PIO Designate)
Loon holds gab on public safety assessment, search and rescue,
The local government unit of the Municipality of Loon, headed by the dynamic leadership of Mayor Lloyd Peter M. Lopez, MD and Vice Mayor Edwin R. Ladeza, held its first seminar for the year 2010 delving on three current issues that would insure better service to constituents, effective governance, and municipal preparedness in times of crisis and calamities.
Loon Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO), Josie M. Montes, spearheaded the one-day gab on Assessment/Planning of the Municipal Integrated Area Community Public Safety Plan (MIACPSP), Presentation of the Municipal Search and Rescue Plan in times of natural calamities and disasters, and Orientation of the Local Monitoring Mechanisms of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on January 20, 2010 at the Loon Sports and Cultural Center.
Vice Mayor Edwin R. Ladeza warmly welcomed the seminar participants to the activity which included members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council, (MPOC), Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) and the 67 barangay captains of Loon.
The seminar proper started with the presentation of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Plan for Natural and Man-Made Calamities and Disasters by MDCC Action Officer Sylvio L. Caresosa. Among the salient features of the Plan are Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, Damage Control, and Preparedness during natural and man-made calamities such as typhoons, flashfloods, landslides, tornados, storm surges, earthquakes and epidemics.
Tasks and responsibilities of the different functional committees of the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council of Loon have been instituted with the creation of the Municipal Disaster Operations Center and the establishment of Search and Rescue (SAR) Units/Teams that include: Planning and Disaster Analysis, Operations, Resource Management, Information and Communication, Health, Rescue and Recovery, Evacuation, Transportation, Relief and Rehabilitation, Fire and Police, Damage Control and Engineering Services.
The presentation of the Search and Rescue Plan was followed by the Assessment of the Municipal Integrated Area Community Public Safety Plan (MIACPSP) for CY 2009 and Initial Planning of the MIACPSP for CY 2010 by MLGOO Josie Montes. Target areas covered by the MIACPSP are Crime Prevention/Law Inforcement/Correction, Prosecution and Courts, Counter Insurgency, Fire Prevention and Information Drive, Environmental Protection, Health and Sanitation, Civil Defense and Community Development.
Problems and their possible solutions encountered on these MIACPSP Target Areas have been identified and will be presented in the February MPOC meeting.
The afternoon session of the gab dealt with the installation of the Loon Municipal Local Monitoring Center of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The CARHRIHL is the first item of the four substantive agenda of the formal peace talks between the Negotiating Panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDFP), as contained in The Hague Joint Declaration signed on Sept. 1, 1992 in The Netherlands.
The CARHRIHL was signed by both the GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panels on March 16, 1998 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The objectives of the CARHRIHL include: a) to guarantee the protection of human rights (HR) to all Filipinos under all circumstances, especially the workers, peasants, and other poor people; b) to affirm and apply the principles of international humanitarian law (IHL) in order to protect the civilian population and individual civilians, as well as persons who do not take direct part in the armed hostilities, including persons deprived of their liberty for reasins related to the armed conflict; c) to establish effective mechanisms and measures for realizing, monitoring, verifying and ensuring compliance with its provisions; and d) to pave the way for comprehensive agreements on economic, social and political reforms that will ensure the attainment of a just and lasting peace.
In Bohol Province, CARHRIHL local monitoring board (LMB) centers are initially set up in the towns of Loon, Carmen, Catigbian, Inabanga, Mabini and Trinidad; with the head center in Tagbilaran City under Provincial LMB Coordinator Romeo S. Teruel.
The installation of the CARHRIHL LMC in Loon was personally graced by a member of the GRP-Monitoring Committee from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process in the person of P/CSupt Lina C. Sarmiento. General Sarmiento, who is the Director for Police Security and Protection Group, was accompanied in her Loon visit by Bohol LMB Coordinator Teruel and LMB-Bohol staff Dr. Asteria T. Estoreon and Fe Estillore.
Mayor Lloyd Lopez, Vice Mayor Edwin Ladeza SB Kagawads Ricky U. Masamayor, Ignacio Castil, Jr., Precy Branzuela, Narciso Neri and ABC president Cesar Pedrigal welcomed the visitors.
The Loon LMB Center is headed by MLGOO Josie M. Montes, coordinator; MSWDO-OIC Vilma G. Palacio, asst. coordinator; and members: MPIO-Designate Adam L. Saligumba; ABC Pres. Cesar R. Pedrigal; Loon Senior Citizens president Udeluna P. Aya-ay, PO representative; SNHS Principal Mario L. Garcia, academe representative and LMB Center secretary; and San Lorenzo de Manila Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Floro G. Hora, religious sector representative.