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Dumaguete disaster council to purchase P30.1M equipment, ambulances

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The Dumaguete City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has approved the purchase of mini-ambulances and other projects to ensure disaster preparedness and response in the city, the Visayan Daily Star reported.

The Council earlier proposed the utilization of the unexpended balances of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund in the previous years, which amount to P30.1 million.

The projects include the purchase of 30 mini-ambulances at P9 million; full-size ambulance (P3 million); penetrator fire truck (P4.5 million); mobile base radio (P342,000); radio antenna (P170,000); signage for evacuation centers and disaster prone-areas (P200,000); water purification truck (P2.5 million); mobile generator set (P800,000); mobile kitchen (P800,000); fuel and lubricants (P694,000); equipment for rescuers (P1 million); and water trailer (P900,000).

Other proposals are the construction of a water tower (P500,000); conduct of Community-Based Monitoring System (P5 million); and repair of evacuation center (P358,455).

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officer Rizal Benatero said

the city also plans to buy “ambocycle” that can promptly respond to any emergency and will be operated by a well-trained first responder capable of maneuvering the unit amid heavy traffic.