In preparation for quicker response to multiple disasters and threats during the pandemic and beyond, the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Philippines (A-PAD PH) in partnership with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) as the A-PAD Lead Convenor in Central Visayas has provided medical tents to CCCI Chamber Chapters, during the MOA Signing and Turn-over Ceremony of Medical Tents on October 14, 2021 at Circa 1900, Lahug, Cebu City.
The provision of medical tents was part of the COVID-19 Risk Reduction Project between A-PAD-PH and CCCI, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The project beneficiaries situated in various strategic areas in the countryside of Cebu Island Province were the CCCI Chamber Chapters in Bantayan Island, Cordova, Balamban, Naga and Danao, to ensure that these can be easily mobilized during emergencies.
“The thrust for multi-sector collaboration is key for faster, inclusive, better preparedness and efficient disaster response, especially in this challenging times,” said President Felix Taguiam.
The honorary guest Consul-General Toshihide Kawasaki, Consulate-General of Japan in Cebu in his speech shared that he believes that this assistance could give disaster affected people better conditions and safe and relief even in this difficult pandemic time.
The ceremony was attended by CCCI President Mr. Felix Taguiam, CCCI Trustee Ma. Aleta Dela Calzada, Acting President of A-PAD Philippines Mr. Gilbert Albero, CCCI Chapter Presidents of Bantayan, Cordova, Naga and Balamban. Department Heads and representatives of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) from some Local Government Units (LGUs) in Cebu also joined the event.
Along with the turn-over ceremony, a demonstrate on setting up of the medical tents was likewise conducted by Mr. John Benson Delosa, Head of Dispatch of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. A presentation on the basic camp management orientation was also presented including key considerations on setting up these tents for medical and disaster emergencies, care and management including disinfection especially against infectious disease, storage matters, and standard protocols if used for COVID 19 pandemic.
CCCI President Mr. Felix Taguiam poses inside the medical tent together with the Consulate-General of Japan in Cebu Consul-General Toshihide Kawasaki, and Acting President of A-PAD Philippines Mr. Gilbert Albero.
“The material value of this donation, impressive as it is, pales beside the value count of the spirit with which it has been given. For these tents represent the goodwill and warm heartedness of your organization [APAD PH] towards the Cebuanos,” President Taguiam added.
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