BAGUIO CITY – Interim officers and members of the Cordillera Regional Association of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Officers deliberated and polished the association’s draft Constitution and By-Laws during a meeting conducted on April 29, 2016 at Chalet Hotel, Baguio City.
The association was formed to enhance interoperability and networking of local DRRM Officers in the Cordillera provinces.
The election of interim officers was conducted during the Local DRRM Officers Convention conducted on November 2015.
“We are the first region in the country to elect officers for the regional association of LDRRMOs. But let us not stop there. Let us work hand-in-hand to make it prosper,” stressed Mr. Vincent Tallatag, President of the Cordillera Regional Association of LDRRMOs and concurrent Apayao Provincial DRRM Officer.
During the meeting, Mt. Province Provincial DRRM Officer Atty. Edward Chumawar as appointed as the new association Auditor, replacing former Mt. Province PDRRMO Col. Anacleto Tangilag.
Membership fee of all members was agreed to be pegged at Php 1, 000.00, chargeable to the 5 percent of the calamity fund of each provincial or city government.
The officer’s term was set for three years. Duties and responsibilities of officers were likewise polished.
Other matters deliberated include the rotation of provinces to host the association’s annual general convention, making of logo, and temporary office in Baguio.
The Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera & Chairperson of the Cordillera RDRRM Council, Mr. Andrew Alex Uy, and the Planning Chief of OCD-CAR, Ms. Dawn Lyndelle Fernando helped in the deliberation and setting of initial plans.
“We conducted this meeting for a simple reason: to further unite all the members of this association,” Dir. Uy stressed.
The association is set to be registered to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
With the By-Laws set in place, the association is seen to be more intact and organized.
The first general convention of the association is initially set on June 2016 at Apayao. The refined Constitution and By-Laws will be presented to all members for critique.
By Franzes Ivy Carasi