By Jong Cadion
Almost 8,000 members of Zamboanga del Sur's newly-organized Barangay Emergency Response Team received their PhilHealth Identification Cards and Member Data Record during their initial BERT Congress held in pagadian City.
Present during the ceremony were Department of Health Secretary Secretary Enrique Ona, Provincial Governor Antonio Cerilles, and Representatives Victor Yu and Aurora Enerio Cerilles of the 1st and 2nd District, respectively.
BERT was organized by Zamboanga del Sur Governor Cerilles as the priority program in his 7-point Agenda to address peace and order in the province.
Cerilles says BERT members will assist law enforcement agencies not only in responding to calamities but also in strengthening barangay information networks to ensure peace and order.
BERT members are trained by the Regional Risk Reduction Management Council through the Office of Civil Defense in the areas of law enforcement, public safety and disaster response.
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