Alegria, Surigao del Norte – In a bid to enhance disaster preparedness and response, the Municipal Government of Alegria has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with key partners. The formal signing of the MOA took place on February 28, 2023, solidifying the commitment of the municipality, the Department of Education (DepEd), Micompal Store, and the Surigao del Norte Transport Cooperative (SDNTC) to work together for the benefit of the community.

Led by Municipal Vice Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr., the Municipal Government of Alegria is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and welfare of its constituents during times of calamity. By collaborating with esteemed organizations and businesses, the local government aims to establish a robust framework for disaster response.

Signing of MOA with Department of Education during the First Quarter MDRRMC Meeting. L/R: Municipal Vice Mayor Hon. Dominador G. Esma, Jr., SB Member Roberto L. Ugay, Alegria District representative Mercidita C. Albiño.

Under the MOA, the DepEd, represented by Mercidita C. Albiño, will designate a school in Alegria as a temporary evacuation center. This strategic partnership recognizes the importance of providing a safe haven for affected individuals, particularly students and vulnerable populations, during emergencies. By utilizing schools as evacuation centers, the municipality ensures that adequate facilities and support systems are in place to cater to the needs of evacuees.

LGU Alegria inks MOA with Micompal Store during the 1st Quarter MDRRMC Meeting. L/R: Micompal Store proprietor and SB Member Hon. Emalyn Gloria Sulapas Micompal, SB Member Roberto L. Ugay, and Municipal Vice Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr.

In addition, Micompal Store, owned by Emalyn Gloria Sulapas Micompal, has joined forces with the Municipal Government of Alegria to facilitate the efficient delivery of relief goods. Recognizing the significance of timely and organized distribution, this collaboration will help ensure that affected communities receive essential supplies promptly. Micompal Store’s involvement underscores their commitment to supporting the community in times of crisis.

The SDNTC signs a MOA with LGU Alegria during the 1st Quarter MDRRMC Meeting. L/R: SDNTC Chairperson Alejandro P. Rubio, SDNTC Manager Omar C. Barillo, SB Member Hon. Roberto L. Ugay, LGOO VI Marilou Alovera, LNMB President Hon. Alamasur Opalia, SB Member Hon. Mansueto N. Sagaral, and Municipal Vice Mayor Hon. Dominador G. Esma, Jr.

To address the transportation needs during disasters, the SDNTC, led by Chairperson Alejandro P. Rubio, has been designated as the official transport group. With their expertise and resources, the cooperative will play a crucial role in mobilizing during emergencies. This collaboration guarantees the availability of reliable transportation for the evacuation of affected individuals and the seamless movement of relief workers and supplies.

Municipal Vice Mayor Esma stress out the need to partner with stakeholders in facilitating and moving relevant resources whenever the disaster strike in the municipality.

“The signing of the MOA reflects the Municipal Government of Alegria’s dedication to disaster resilience and their proactive approach to emergency management. By partnering with key stakeholders, they are establishing a framework that will enhance preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. The collaboration between the municipality, DepEd, Micompal Store, and SDNTC sets an example for other communities in disaster-prone areas, emphasizing the importance of cooperation and coordination”, Municipal Vice Mayor Esma emphasized .

With this MOA in place, Alegria is taking significant strides towards a more resilient future. The formal agreement underscores the municipality’s commitment to safeguarding the welfare of its residents and ensuring their safety during times of adversity. By combining their strengths and resources, the partners involved aim to build a community that is better equipped to withstand and recover from the challenges posed by natural disasters. (JSN)