By Roy Mabasa
A delegation from the Philippine Embassy in Rome was given a hands-on demonstration on how the Italian authorities are dealing with crisis and emergency situation following the recent occurrence of seismic and volcanic activities in that country.
Led by Philippines Ambassador to Rome Domingo Nolasco, authorities from the Department of Civil Protection (CPD) of Italy gave the Filipino officials a tour of its operations center where they were apprised about the functions of all the units involved.
The operation center is being maintained and operated by the Italian coast guard and combined air operations unit.
In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Nolasco said they received a briefing on national emergency response from the CPD of Italy as part of the Embassy’s effort at enhancing cooperation in dealing with a crisis situation.
CPD chief Giovanni De Siervo and Nadia Khdaidi of the CPD’s International Relations Unit familiarized them with the structure, operations and services of the CPD.
Home to 167,358 Filipinos, Italy is facing risks of seismic and volcanic origin as well as other environment-related risks such as fires and floods.
The CPD coordinates Italy’s response to an emergency situation and reports directly to the Office of the Prime Minister.
Khdaidi explained to the Philippine envoy that decisions are reached at the Operations Room of the CPD where all member agencies of the CPD are represented.
On Feb. 27, Mt. Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, spewed lava and ashes. Mt. Etna is located in the east coast of Sicily.
Also exhibiting restiveness in the past months were Mount Vesuvius and the volcanic Campi Flegrei – known as the Phlegraean Fields. Both are located in Naples.
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