CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: As all places in the world are grappling with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Cagayan de Oro City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) stands firm in its commitment to mitigating the spread of the virus.
“This is definitely a different disaster from what we have encountered before like floods and storms that we are highly familiar with,” CDRRMO-Officer-in-Charge Nick Jabagat shared during the recently held Talakayan sa PIA, noting how the current pandemic’s nature is different from the other disasters, that the CDRRMO’s failed to aniticipate.
Despite the meager allocation in the city investment plan for health emergencies, the CDRMMO has managed to pursue mitigation measures against the spread of the virus.
“From the very start, we have been very active, such as creating checkpoints in Misamis Oriental boundaries. We are grateful for the cooperation of the community especially when we see that all are following minimum health standards and non-pharmaceutical health interventions,” Jabagat said, adding, “our mandate is focused on four thematic areas – from prevention and mitigation to response and rehab and recovery.”
Jabagat also cited the short and long term effects of COVID-19 on the economy. “Now our main concern is the stabilization of our economy especially in the grassroots, albeit we can see some improvements here in the city where people are slowly adjusting to the new normal,” he said.
The CDRRMO hopes to strengthen the community to help the Kagay-anon’s survive the crisis brought about by the virus.