DILI, 08 february 2023 (TATOLI)- The State Secretary for Civil Protection (SSPC) together with the Civil Protection Authorities, today held a National Conference for all Municipal Civil Protection Authorities from 14 Municipalities to socialize the service function of the Civil Protection Authorities to handle the natural disasters in Timor Leste.
The Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Joaquim Gusmão, said that this national conference aims to disseminate the natural disaster management services to all Civil Protection Authorities in 14 municipalities to provide aid to victims of natural disasters accurately and efficiently.
“Timor – Leste is at risk of natural disasters, therefore a national conference on natural disaster protection was held to give a mandate to the local authorities on how to handle disaster situations accurately and efficiently to save the victims of natural disasters that happened in Timor – Leste,” Joaquim Gusmão told reporters at Hotel Timor, Colmera Dili, on wednesday.
Gusmão explained that, with this Conference, the Civil Protection Authorities in all Municipalities will work together with the Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) and also Civil Security in the Municipalities to assist the victims and be able to save them from the risk of natural disasters such as landslides, fires, floods, earthquakes and other related natural disasters in Timor – Leste.
At the same place the President of the Civil Protection Authority, Inspector of Police, Ismail Babo, informed that this national conference was to give a mandate to all Civil Protection Directors and also how to effectively communicate and coordinate with the National Civil Protection Authorities to handle the victims of natural disasters in Timor – Leste.
“The function of Civil Protection is how to save people from disasters, thus this national conference is carried out to give full responsibility to all Directors of Civil Protection in municipalities to conduct a good coordination to assist the victims of disasters,” he said.
Babo explained that this conference also introduced a map of disaster risk areas to the Municipal Director of Civil Protection to be able to prevent it early and appealed to communities in disaster-risk areas to be vigilant.
The material for the National Conference on Civil Protection was facilitated by International Organization Migration (IOM) in Timor-Leste, hopefully, the national conference of Civil Protection will help the Director of Civil Protection of Municipalities to work more effectively in handling the natural disasters in Timor – Leste.
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Editor: Nelia B.