Puerto CDRRMO trains barangays on risk re­duc­tion plan

Palawan News - - CITY - By Ger­ardo Reyes Re­porter

The Puerto Princesa City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice ( CDRRMO) re­cently con­ducted a train­ing on risk re­duc­tion plan­ning and use of dis­as­ter funds for the city’s 66 vil­lages. Earl Tim­ban­caya, head of the CDRMMO said Fri­day that their train­ing was done dur­ing the dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion man­age­ment (DRRM) sum­mit dubbed “1st Puerto Princesa City DRRM Sum­mit” held on Au­gust 30, 2018. It was jointly un­der­taken by the city gov­ern­ment with the Of­fice of Civil De­fense (OCD), Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), and the Depart­ment of Health (DOH). He said the barangays were trained on how to for­mu­late their own DRRM plans with bud­gets to help them uti­lize five per­cent of their funds in their Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Fund (LDRRMF). The barangay dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment plan, he said, out­lines and spec­i­fies the projects and ac­tiv­i­ties that will be the ba­sis for the re­lease and the utiliza­tion of their LDRRMFs. He said the train­ing was timely since most of the barangay of­fi­cials are newly-elected. The barangay DRRM plans will guide them in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the dif­fer­ent barangays of the city in times of calami­ties and emer­gen­cies, he said. “Ang at­ing mga barangay of­fi­cials ay mostly mga newly-elected yan, kaya na­paka­hal- aga ni­tong pag-train sa kanila sa pa­ma­m­ag­i­tan ng pag­bibi­gay ng tamang for­mat at ito na ang pag­babase­han nila. In or­der na ma-uti­lize ang LDRRMF ay da­pat naka-in place ang plano. Kung may plano sila ay magig­ing ba­sis ito kung paano natin sila mabibi­gyan ng as­sis­tance,” he said. Tim­ban­caya said pur­suant to Repub­lic Act 10121 or the Philip­pine Dis­as­ter Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Act, the five per­cent dis­as­ter fund of a barangay will be 70 per­cent for pre­pared­ness and 30 per­cent is for re­sponse and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. “Ang 70 per­cent ay para sa pagha­handa, saman­ta­lang itong 30 per­cent ay ilalaan para sa dur­ing and af­ter the calamity,” he said. For pre­pared­ness, the fund can be used to pro­cure res­cue equip­ment, food, non-food sup­plies, medicine, and oth­ers “for stock­pil­ing,” con­struc­tion of evac­u­a­tion cen­ters and other projects and ac­tiv­i­ties. It is im­por­tant to pre­pare for any calamity, he said. The CDRRMO for in­stance, have pre­pared and main­tained a food sup­ply good for one week for 600 fam­i­lies as their thresh­old, he also said.

(Photo cour­tesy of CDRRMO)

The 1st Puerto Princesa City DRRM Sum­mit held on Au­gust 30, 2018, for barangay lead­ers and DRRM fo­cal lead­ers.

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