Head: Wilfredo B. Intia – City Administrator
Contact No.: (052) 480-2048


From its sleepy beginnings in the 50’s to its current status as “one of the fastest rising cities of the country”, Legazpi City growth to what it is now could be described as remarkable. However, the City transformation only started during the administration of then Mayor Noel Rosal. Just when the city was starting to make is stll important gains, struck super typhoons Milenyo and Reming. The City was completely devastated. It was back to zero for as one people. everyone. But with Mayor Rosal’s effective governance, with his established network of donors locally and abroad, in no time help and assistance poured to the City. Rallying the Legazpeǹos together , The City rose miraculously from the rubbles and was back to its feet. As they say the rest is history.

Today, though a good 70% of the City is still rural and agricultural, the City proper and neighboring barangays is pulsating with activities sustaining the growth and development of the City. It has now more new infrastructures, buildings, institutions, complexes, transport and even its population grew to about 200,000 now.

Having learned the lesson with Milenyo and Reming. The City Government has embarked on a massive construction of wide box type canals to address the flooding during typhoons and heavy rains. It installed canal locks to prevent seawater from entering the City during high tides. It will soon put up pumping stations to further strengthen its flood coping capabilities. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management been equipped with the needed facilities and equipments has to assure its responsiveness during emergencies and calamities. Aside from the various Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Committee formed and trained, the CDRRMC continue to conduct seminars, trainings and drills to different school, businesses, establishment, private and government offices and communities. All these are meant to protect our peoples’ lives and properties and hopefully would not have to repeat of the tragic experience with Millenyo and Reming.


5 Days Water Search & Rescue and Basic Life support Seminar Training.November 29 – December 03, 2011


The City Government of Legazpi through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has conducted a Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) & Basic Life Support (BLS) training At Mina’s Mayon View Resort , Bagong Abre, Legazpi City & Rawis Sea Coast last November 29 to December 03, 2011.

Participants were personnel of Philippine National Police(PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), Public Safety Office(PSO), City Health Staff and CDRRMC, who will serve as the frontline group of the City government and the CDRRMC in times of disasters and emergency situations.
According to Mayor Geraldine B. Rosal the primary Objectives of the training is to save lives at risk in Legazpi City. She said Search and Rescue is an aspect of emergency services which is designed to assist people in need. The Lady Chief Executive added that many nations have search and rescue services as part of their overall emergency services, and a number of volunteer and professional organizations assist government agencies to ensure that complete coverage is provided.

The Action Officer of CDRRMC Mr. Wilfredo “Pecos” B. Intia said that in many communities, Search and Rescue operations are conducted by groups of volunteers, often affiliated with local law enforcement or emergency service units. Mr. Intia said that there are four basic categories of search and rescue: Water Rescue, structural collapse rescue, air rescue, and rough terrain rescue. Each type requires advanced and specialized search and rescue training. CDRRMC have a program of activities in each category. According to Intia WASAR Training is the first in line in the series of trainings.
The Training started at 5’oclock in the morning with warm –up exercises and reveille, whole day trainings and end at sunset.

The training modules included:

1. Water Safety
2. Swimming Stroke
3. Rescue Techniques (Non-swimming & Swimming Rescue)
4. Survival Techniques.
5. Rubber Boat Maintenance & Operation
6. Basic Life Support
7. Mass Casualty Incident Operation
8. Endurance Swim (1.5 miles swim from the sea to the coastline)
Participants said the training was hard and rigid to enable them to learn the precise and right approach in search in rescue. They exhausted their times, efforts, sweats and bloods to acquire the necessary skills in Search and Rescue Operations so that when Disaster and eventualities strikes, they are ready to assist those who are at risk. (MYRA B. MARBELLA )