Disaster risk agency eyes sea rescue plan

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THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council plans to craft a template for sea rescue operations in Region 6.

On Thursday, members of the council conducted a simulation exercise in Guimaras near the Iloilo Strait to see how agencies respond to a maritime incident.

Jose Roberto R. Nuñez, chairman of the agency and regional director of the Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas, observed lapses, but said the participation of the concerned agencies should be commended.

The region plans to craft a template on sea rescue after the simulation exercise, which will be done in the entire region, Mr. Nuñez said.

After Guimaras, the simulation will be conducted next in Iloilo and all over the region, he said. The region also plans to form a task force on maritime response. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo