He urged LGUs to invest in disasterresponse equipment. They can also request from their respective ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRO) their need for the fund,he said. This accounting will help identifylocalities that lack earthquake response equipment, he added. “During the briefing, you are directedto orient your clients on what to do before, during and after an earthquake;evacuation route and plan; the designated evacuation area (should be an openspace); and emergency hotline numbers,” it said. (PNA) The OCD director said the accountingwill also identify equipment and trained personnel in the region that canpossibly be deployed in Davao del Sur. OCD regional director and RegionalDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chair Jose Roberto Nuñez saidthe inventory meant to “establish (earthquake) preparedness measures andarrange response priorities ahead of time in our region…” “Sometimes, we have volunteers thatare still not equipped or trained in what they do. (We want to give themtraining) so they can hasten their action in the areas where they will bedeployed,” said Nuñez. ILOILO City – In the wake of therecent earthquake that rocked Davao del Sur, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)in Western Visayas ordered local government units (LGUs) to submit anaccounting of their response equipment and volunteers. The accounting of volunteers,meanwhile, aims to identify the volunteers who are yet to receive capabilitytraining from the OCD 6. All cities and provinces in Region 6are expected to submit their report at 5 p.m. today. “Davao del Sur lack equipment. Weinitiated in the region, at least we have certain search and rescue equipmentand one personnel that can be sent to the affected region,” he said. In an advisory released on Monday, theOCD said hotel owners, operators, and other stakeholders are encouraged toidentify or assign safety officers that will conduct safety briefings beforethe start of gatherings this holiday season. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struckDavao del Sur over the weekend. Meanwhile, hotels in the region arealso advised by OCD to conduct their safety briefing for possible earthquakeduring scheduled events or gathering. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “We want to identify the needs and putthem on a checklist. At least we will know the areas which lack certainequipment that other areas can augment,” Nuñez said. The office released a memorandum onthis directed to the chairpersons of the disaster risk reduction and managementcouncil in the provinces, cities and municipalities.