Humanitarian coordinators attend info mgt workshop PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:38

A select group of government employees, who directly involved in the humanitarian response to recovery efforts, are attending a two-day information management training and workshop designed to enhance the participants’ knowledge of humanitarian coordination and information management for decision-making.

Organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in coordination with the city government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, the training which will end today aims to sensitize or re-orient regional agencies and local government counterparts on humanitarian coordination in the Philippines, the cluster approach, assessment and monitoring methodologies and coordination tools to inform decision-making and improved service delivery.

It also supports awareness of tools and best practices in use by the UN and the international humanitarian community, and to train and build government capacity in basic data management, data compilation and data visualization and how information feeds into the decision-making process.

The activity started with the opening remarks of CSWDO Head Ma. Socorro Rojas followed by the introduction by Executive Assistant Silvie Bandiola-Agravanta of the City Mayor’s Office, while Ramil Maquilan of OCHA gave the Information Management (IM) overview then the IM and Cluster Approach.

Katrina Robelle Dezs of the International Organization on Migration (IOM) and Julius Velas of UNHCR shared their expertise in data gathering, validation and management followed by the DSWD Data Banking during the Zamboanga Siege by DSWD Planning Officer Hasan Alfad.

Other resource persons were Executive Assistant Mark Saavedra, Malou Eudela of UNICEF-CP IM, and Dominic Sanchez of the Philippine Information Agency representing the Communications Working Group.

The two-day activity came at the time when Zamboanga City is in the thick of recovery and rehabilitation efforts for thousands of families displaced by the siege in September 2013.— Vic Larato