From being a division in 2008 and a semi-department still under Provincial Administrator’s Office in 2012, PDRRMO has become a full pledge department of the Provincial Government of Bulacan on August 19, 2014 thru the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 228-T’14. On March 01, 2018, through Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 50-S’18, Research, Planning and Evaluation Division was created and strengthened with additional 1 DRRMO IV, 2 DRRMO II and 1 DRRM Assistant, totaling to 34 plantilla positions for PDRRMO.
Today, Bulacan Rescue has a total of 60 staff, with 19 permanent, 39 casual and 2 job order appointment status. And also 2 police officers from Bulacan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) and 2 fire officers from Office of the Provincial Fire Marshall (OPFM) are currently detailed at Bulacan Rescue to assist in responding on emergencies.
Geared towards the improvement of service, it created the Bulacan Public Safety Solution Project, that facilitates the installation of hydrological monitoring tools and 30 CCTVs in major road intersections along the Mc Arthur highway to be able to respond promptly and timely. Bulacan Rescue take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities that would provide them with early warning in doing disaster response., thereby achieving the objective of a faster and more efficient service provided to all. This includes early warning provided via CCTV and hydrological monitoring tool in the River Basins of Pampanga, Santa Maria and Angat.
Last October 28, 2021 was the Opening Day for Bulacan 911 Project. Executive Order (EO) No. 56 (s. 2018) institutionalized the emergency 911 hotline as the nationwide emergency answering point that conform with international standards on emergency numbers for public telecommunication networks. In 911-Bulacan, the general public only have to remember three digits, in order to call and ask for help in cases that need immediate attention. Being able to call 911 in a swift dial via cellphones or other communicative device will make a difference of minutes or seconds which shall have affect you or someone else’s health and safety during the emergency itself. The 911 emergency hotline calls can be an avenue to streamline all classifications of emergency in order to tap the agency which has the expertise to address a certain kind of emergency. The 911 calls can dispatch either ambulances, fire, the EMS, WASAR team, etc.
Bulacan Rescue is a functional system established for an efficient and effective disaster and emergency response. The established communication, coordination, and dispatch system allows Bulacan Rescue to respond to emergencies efficiently.
Bulacan Rescue works so hard to strengthen its interoperability of performance in terms of disaster preparedness and management through trainings, drills, capability building and provision of equipment. In building the resources and capabilities for greater safety, Bulacan Rescue has equipment /PPEs and tools for the Collapsed Structure, High Angle/Mountain Search and Rescue (CSSR/MOSAR), Water and Under Water Search and Rescue (WASAR/USAR), Fire Rescue, Communication, Vehicular Accident Extrication and Other
Bulacan Rescue enable everyone to engage with and develop their skills, knowledge and understandings in DRRM through the Various Orientation held every Monday. In this manner, everybody will be kept well-informed of the latest happenings in DRRM. Bulacan Rescue were also provided with equipment for health and wellness (sports) and an opportunity to conduct physical fitness activities, stress debriefing and Bible study session every Thursday. Bulacan Rescue was a symbol of hard work and an epitome of sacrifice. It has earned numerous commendations and appreciations from different privateorganizations, schools, municipalities, cities, government agencies and institutions. Bulacan Rescue appreciation the recognition of their good work because it confirms their work is valued by others. When Bulacan Rescue and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rise, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work.
Bulakenyos armed with understanding and managing their hazards and adapting to climate change to create prepared and proactive disaster resilient communities.
To help Local Government Units and the community to understand climate change and the hazards they face, to reduce their risks, to prepare for and respond to disasters as they occur, and recover from disasters while building back better and safer
Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:
The Section 5 of the Executive Order No. 17, Series of 2010 states that:
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. The existing Provincial Disaster Management Office shall henceforth be known as the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office which shall discharge, perform and observe the following duties, functions, and responsibilities in accordance with Section 12 of R.A. No. 10121 to wit:
- Design, program, and coordinate disaster risk reduction and management activities consistent the national Council’s standards and guidelines;
- Facilitate and support risk assessments and contingency planning activities at the provincial level;
- Consolidate local disaster risk information which includes natural hazards, vulnerabilities, and climate change risks, and maintain a local risk map;
- Organize and conduct training, orientation, and knowledge management activities on disaster risk reduction and management at the provincial level;
- Operate a multi-hazard early warning system, linked to disaster risk reduction to provide accurate and timely advice to national or local emergency response organizations and to the general public, through diverse mass media, particularly radio, landline communications, and technologies for communication within rural communities;
- Formulate and implement a comprehensive and integrated Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction in close coordination with the Provincial Development Council (PDC);
- Identify, assess and manage the hazards vulnerabilities and risks that may occur in the Province of Bulacan;
- Disseminate information and raise public awareness about those hazards, vulnerabilities and risks that may occur in the province;
- Identify and implement cost-effective risk reduction measures/strategies;
- Develop, strengthen and operationalize mechanism for partnership or networking with the private sector, CSO’s and volunteer groups;
- Respond to and manage the adverse effects of emergencies and carry out recovery activities in the affected area, ensuring that there is an efficient mechanism for immediate delivery of food, shelter and medical supplies for women and children, endeavor;
- Serve as the secretariat and executive arm of the PDRRMC.