By Leandria Pagunsan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA)—The Negros Oriental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) held a two-day planning workshop recently to come up with a 5-year Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan for the province of Negros Oriental.
Members of the PDRRMC from the different government agencies presented their respective provincial action plan and programs with the corresponding budgets for integration in the making of a five-year disaster management plan.
Office of Civil Defense Officer Allen Cabaron ll gave an overview of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRM) Plan urging the PDRRMC members to align their local disaster plan with that of the national disaster framework.
During the Focus Group Discussion, the members were briefed on the major disaster characteristics in the province, risk profile and the current state of the Provincial Disaster Management Plan.
Risk assessment in the province were identified based on the hazard map from PAGASA. Local Government Units’ (LGUs) susceptibility to a particular disaster were verified and categorized under prevention and mitigation’s conduct of vulnerability analysis especially the critical facilities and infrastructure.
Cabaron also encouraged the LGUs as frontliners in disaster preparedness to establish and strengthen their capacities in anticipating, coping and recovering during calamities.
Action plan of the different government agencies will be identiifed based on the outcome of the NDRRM plan under the four thematic areas namely: mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery and rehabilitation.
Second day of the workshop focused on the presentation, critiquing and reviewing of the consolidated outputs.
According to PDRRMC action officer for the province of Negros Oriental Adrian Sedillo, preparing for a disaster is vital to achieve the vision of zero casualty.
He stressed further that we should rely only on PAGASA’s official warning as far as weather forecasting and updates is concern. (mbcn/lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on April 22, 2015)