· It organize and combines government and society’s civil protection efforts, he explained.
· We are all part of Civil Protection.
· All the authorities that form part of this system should prepare for the start of this year’s rain and tropical cyclone season, he declared.
· This year, a budget of more than eight billion pesos has been approved for the Fund for Natural Disaster Prevention and the National Disaster Fund,” he reported.
· Mexico has become a leader in the field of disaster risk reduction: UN.
President Enrique Peña Nieto led today the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC), created to unite all government and civil society efforts in this area. Three decades after its creation, it is now, “Much more consolidated and better prepared, with greater capacities and being constantly updated and strengthened.”
He explained that SINAPROC organizes the Mexican State’s capacities in all orders of government in order to be better prepared as regards technological advances and increase its capacities with the participation of civil society.
“We are all part of Civil Protection. The task of civil protection is not only the responsibility of the government; enhancing it and making it more efficient and effective involves the participation of society and governments so that together, we can cope with adverse moments and the ravages of nature and together, create this great system for civil protection,” he declared.
The declared noted that in the 30 years of SINAPROC’s history, "Mexicans have overcome adversity through solidarity, but also by strengthening our Civil Protection institutions.”
He said that in readiness for the start of this year‘s rain and cyclone season, “All the authorities that are part of this system, in the three orders of government, must be prepared in order to anticipate and locate the operation of shelters, review our warning systems, test emergency protocols, conduct drills and ensure ongoing communication and close coordination.”
“Prevention, as the SINAPROC mission slogan says, ensures life. Prevention means living and that is the task all of us in society and government share,” he said.
He said that, “We must be aware that in civil protection there is always plenty to do, especially as a result of global warming, the increasing warming of the earth, which increases the frequency and intensity of weather phenomena.”
President Peña Nieto said that, “More resources have already been earmarked for the Fund for Natural Disaster Prevention, and the implementation of the Natural Disaster fund has been streamlined.” Both funds, he said, “Have had a budget of more than eight billion pesos for this year approved for this year. This investment demonstrates the importance we attach to the issue of Civil Protection.”
He said that in addition, “The National MX Response Plan has been innovated, which unifies the immediate attention actions for all government agencies and civil society organizations.”
“These changes are complemented by concrete actions of great operational importance such as the federal haulage carrier number plate, available for all civil protection and emergency units as of today. The aim is to avoid pirate number plates, which were used to simulate civil protection actions,” he said.
The president said that the progress made by our National Civil Protection System has won international recognition, as a result of which, “In 2017 Mexico will host the Fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the assistance of representatives from over 150 countries.”
“Mexico's contributions to Civil Protection go beyond our borders, the best example of which is the recent rescue and relief missions abroad,” he added.
The president thanked, “Those who gave their lives to save others. Their memory and example have endured, because today, 30 years since the installation of SINAPROC, it is an ideal occasion to congratulate those who have contributed and given their best for this purpose.”
He also congratulated our Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Navy, “Which ensure the integrity of Mexicans, especially in situations of risk and disaster; the federal, state and municipal police, “Which, with their discipline and commitment, contribute to and have been very aware of the work to support the population.”
He thanked all the institutions that are part of SINAPROC in the different orders of government and civil society. “As president of Mexico, I thank all the private institutions, such as the Mexican Red Cross, which has invariably been present in various events, and several other private assistance institutions that are part of this great effort to save lives and support the population in the event of disaster,” he added.
During the event, President Peña Nieto gave awards to mark the 30 years of the National Civil Protection System.
HURRICANE PATRICIA PROVED THAT MEXICO IS PREPARED AND has ADVANCED towards a culture of prevention: UN
Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), after stating that the National Civil Protection System created after the earthquake of 1985 is clear evidence of our country’s commitment to reducing risk and losses due to natural and man-made threats, said that, “Mexico has become a leader in the field of disaster risk reduction.”
He said that after the earthquake registered in 1985, Mexico is now better prepared and has moved towards a preventive instead of a reactive culture.
“That was evident in the rapid, efficient response to Hurricane Patricia last October. This hurricane went from a tropical storm to the second most intense hurricane ever recorded in just 24 hours,” he explained.
Therefore, he added, “Mexico earned well-deserved recognition for the efficiency and clarity of its early warnings, timely evacuation of residents and good coordination between the three levels of government.”
He considered that, “President Peña Nieto played a leading role, alerting and mobilizing people to take the threat seriously, in order to prevent human losses.”
He said that next year, from May 22 to 26,in Cancún, Mexico will host the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a forum dedicated to the implementation of the Sendai Framework, adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which seeks to reduce mortality, the number of people affected, economic losses due to disasters and damage to critical infrastructure, and substantially increase the number of countries with strategies for risk reduction at the national and local level by 2020.
IN THE 30 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, THE NATIONAL CIVIL PROTECTION SYSTEM HAS STRENGTHENED ITS CAPACITY TO COPE WITH NATURAL THREATS: LUIS FELIPE PUENTE
National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa stressed that the preparation and attention of the authorities of the three branches of government, headed by the president and accompanied by civil society in response to the recent events that have occurred. They are examples of the strength of the National Civil Protection System which commemorates 30 years of existence.
He explained that this system is the basis of the Advisory Councils, groups of volunteers, public policies, current regulations and the National Civil Protection Coordination office itself.
He explained that in order to cope with this rain and cyclone season, the authorities are working, “In full coordination with the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), not only to issue alerts but to revise preventive actions with the states.”
He added that in conjunction with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, and the Ministry of the Navy, the first project for indicating tsunami risk in cities on the Pacific coast is being undertaken.
In addition, “As an integral part of the international community, we adopted the provisions of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which governs the actions and motivates world policy trends to strengthen capacities for addressing possible natural hazards.”
Luis Felipe Puente said that, “We live in a world without borders as regards natural phenomena and one that is constantly evolving. It is a global responsibility to care for, protect and respect the world, so that we can be increasingly safer and better protected.”
THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY of dealing with hydrometeorological phenomena is TO combine the efforts of GOVERNMENT, SOCIETY AND the MEDIA: ROBERTO RAMÍREZ DE LA PARRA
Director General of CONAGUA Roberto Ramírez de la Parra said that recent experiences indicate that, “Given the increased intensity and frequency of hydrometeorological phenomena due to climate change, the most efficient way to act is by combining efforts in a coordinated, jointly responsible way between the three levels of government, especially with the determined participation of society and the media.”
He explained that 17 phenomena have been forecast for the Pacific Ocean from May 15 onwards, three more than average: eight tropical storms, five strong hurricanes category 1 and 2 and four intense hurricanes category three or higher.
For the Atlantic, where the season starts on June 1, 13 cyclones have been forecast, two more than usual: seven tropical storms, four strong hurricanes and two intense hurricanes. He added that between the two oceans, four to six tropical cyclones are expected to directly impact the territory.
As for the rain forecast the rest of 2016, he said that as a result of the El Niño phenomenon, rainfall is expected to be slightly lower than the historical average in the months of May and June and average in the months of July and August.
He added that towards the end of the season, with the arrival of the La Niña phenomenon, rains above the historical average are expected to occur in the months of September and October, with the possibility of extraordinary rains in the South-Southeast of Mexico.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S VISION, SHARED BY THE 32 STATES, CONSOLIDATES A MODERN, AVANT-GARDE 21ST CENTURY FORM OF CIVIL PROTECTION GOVERNOR OF CAMPECHE
Alejandro Moreno Cardenas, Governor of Campeche, said that, “The Federal Government’s vision, shared by the 32 states, consolidates a modern, avant-garde, efficient 21st-century form of Civil Protection, in the service of our people.”
He said that through the joint participation of all institutions and society, and under the premise to knowing in order to predict and predicting in order to protect, civil protection is an everyday matter.”
He said that Mexicans have the ability to meet all the challenges that arise, such as those involving Civil Protection, “Where Mexico is now a global example of preventing and dealing with contingencies.”
He thanked the Ministries of National Defense and the Navy, “For their great work and civil rescue, which over decades has been undertaken by the Mexican Army and Navy.”
He said that in every soldier and every marine, there are Mexicans trained in the principles and values of the nation, which protect and defend Mexico and all Mexicans with their lives.