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NOSAR to identify
NegOr red spots


The Negros Oriental Search and Rescue will be identifying other red spots areas in the province, and will put up hotlines for quick response during calamities, disasters or any incidents that may endanger lives and properties.

Alejandro Somoza Sr. of NOSAR said the red spots are areas that are identified for possible occurrence of landslides, flashfloods, including resorts wherein possible drowning incidents may occur, like the incident involving two drowned victims in Bacong town recently.

Somoza said they will have to identify red spots in every city and municipality, so they can determine the timeframe on how to organize a first responder team in these areas.

He said the NOSAR will organize a team of first responders to be composed of barangay officials and police, and in coastal barangays to be under the Bantay Dagat.   

The team will be trained on the basics of search and rescue, first aid, and others. They will also be the first to inform the authorities and to the NOSAR if the need arises, Somoza said.

The first responders will be in charge of monitoring and evaluating the situation like in Okuy River, where several lives have been lost due to the lack of control and monitoring.  The barangay captain should be in charge when to declare the river is safe, and swimming is allowed.

In times of landslides and flashfloods, the first responders will take care of the evacuation of the affected residents, Somoza said, adding that there is a need for cooperation from the local government units, because the NOSAR cannot cover all areas in the province at one time.

Meanwhile, Somoza also added the need to improve the communication team of the NOSAR. He is suggesting to Gov. Roel Degamo that the creation of a communications team that will involve the media and other important point persons for information dissemination.

He said that one of the members of the communications team of NOSAR is Judy Partlow.

Somoza said some members of the media in Dumaguete City have informed him of their interest in supporting the search and rescue through information dissemination.*MA



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