RESCUE VEHICLES. Personnel from the Davao Oriental provincial disaster risk reduction and management office inspect the newly-acquired rescue vehicles of the province on Tuesday (May 31, 2022). The new rescue vehicles are intended to improve disaster response of the 50 barangay disaster risk reduction and management committees in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas of the province. (Photo courtesy of Davao Oriental PIO)

DAVAO CITY – The Davao Oriental provincial government has acquired new rescue vehicles to boost the disaster response of its 50 barangay disaster risk reduction and management committees (BDRRMCs) in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs), an official said Tuesday.

In an interview, provincial information officer Karen Lou Deloso said 19 out of the 50 custom-built barangay rescue vehicles were delivered to the provincial capitol on Monday evening.

Deloso said the remaining 31 vehicles are set for delivery soon, adding the units are included in Governor Nelson Dayanghirang’s list of big-ticket projects.

“These vehicles are also part of the provincial government’s efforts under the Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) to ensure sustainability and presence of government services in the communities,” she said.

Each rescue vehicle is equipped with a 4x4 wheel drivetrain, mid-ship mounted searchlight, fire extinguisher, and medical supplies.

“The turn-over ceremony is slated in June before Governor Dayanghirang steps down as local chief executive of the province,” Deloso said.

The beneficiary barangays are those identified by the NTF-ELCAC, she added. (PNA)