Top priority to be given to public safety, property protection in emergency management

Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses coordination meeting of the Emergency Management Central Committee. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses coordination meeting of the Emergency Management Central Committee. Photo: MNA

THE Emergency Management Central Committee held a coordination meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with an address by its Chairman Vice President U Henry Van Thio.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice President U Henry Van Thio stressed the need to assign a top priority to the public safety and protection of property in emergency management.
The vice president said the government, since its inception, has given priority to national reconciliation, internal peace, a constitution that facilitates the establishment of a federal republic, and socioeconomic development.
He described peace as crucial to the accomplishment of these objectives, warning of ample evidence of possible instability and conflict during the period of transition from one government to another.
He also spoke of the challenges that lie in striking the balance between freedom and stability as well as democratic rights and the rule of law, citing it as a phenomenon of transition to democracy.
He called for closer cooperation among government departments in a timely response to the rise of instability, stressing the importance of emergency preparedness plans.
“Lack of preparedness will present difficulties in emergency management,” he said, adding that risk assessment should be undertaken beforehand in dealing with cases that involve danger.
He urged officials to make response plans depending on the types of disasters, pointing out the need to coordinate the early availability of information with other departments, media channels and telecommunications operators by the systematic use of social media.
Regarding the unlawful protests, Vice President U Henry Van Thio recommended the use of problem-oriented policing in order to ensure that the people did not lose their democratic rights.
“Police forces should act in line with crowd management so as to prevent rallies from descending into riots.” the vice president said. Home Affairs Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, who is a Vice Chairman of the Emergency Management Central Committee, briefed on cooperation with international and regional agencies in emergency management, violence and protests that broke out in 2015 and 2016 and the handling of recent unlawful demonstrations.
Union Minister Lt-Gen Sein Win, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo and Police Maj-Gen Zaw Win also briefed on the committee’s response activities in emergency management. —Myanmar News Agency

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