RDRRMC leads orientation on Pre-disaster assessment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:14

Members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) IX convened yesterday morning for an orientation brief on the tools and mechanisms for disaster preparedness and response, specifically the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA).

Chaired by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, the orientation was spearheaded by the RDRRMC, the Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ZCDRRMO) and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) IX, and served to highlight the roles and responsibilities of RDRRMC member agencies during disasters, the PDRA framework, and emphasize the need for preparedness, clear protocols, and a unified concerted response.

Officer-in-Charge and Regional Director of the OCD IX Emilia Vasquez-Julhajan said the briefing is the second to the last leg in a series of information orientations about the PDRA conducted by their office for local government units (LGUs) and other relevant agencies.

The PDRA is a process to evaluate a particular hazard’s characteristics and its impact to the population. It also further determines the appropriate level of response of corresponding actions from concerned agencies, LGUs, and other stakeholders.

On August 18, 2014, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued Memorandum Circular 17 calling for the institutionalization of the PDRA in all concerned agencies.

Agencies involved in disaster risk reduction and management such as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of the Interior and Local Governance (DILG) were on hand to present, among others, the vulnerabilities and potential hazards of Zamboanga City in terms of natural disasters, monitoring equipment and apparatuses, and the use of forecasts, warnings, and alerts.

The PDRA framework is hinged on four thematic areas: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery to be helmed by the DOST, the DILG, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), respectively.

Also discussed was the DILG’s operation LISTO and a disaster-preparedness manual for local chief executives which provides LGUs with the tools and protocols to institutionalize disaster preparedness and response in communities.

Present in the orientation were ZCDRRMO Head Elmer Apolinario, Ph.d, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., representatives from the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM), Task Force Zamboanga, Zamboanga City Police Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Red Cross as well as national government agencies and City Government department heads. — Jasmine Mohammadsali