Sustained barangay trainings paying off for city's disaster resilience program

BAGUIO CITY – The disaster resilience trainings being conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in the City's 128 barangays have been paying off in beefing up the City's response capabilities during calamities.

CDRRMO Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer II Louie Glenn Lardizabal said although still not massive, the benefits of the trainings have started to be felt by their office particularly in the recent episodes of monsoon rains experienced by the City.

"Whereas before, all concerns even the flimsy ones were being phoned in for us to respond to, now they only call in to report on the actions the barangays themselves had undertaken," Lardizabal said.

He said that for this year, their office has conducted trainings for responders and volunteers in 50 barangays and they hope to cover all the 128 barangays as they continue with the program on a yearly basis.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the City Government recognizes the value of the barangays in disaster program being the first in the line to respond to calamities and other emergency situations.

To continue to empower them against calamities, the City has been sustaining these trainings and supplementing them with rescue equipment and paraphernalia to promote resilience among residents.

LDRRMO II Julius Santos said the trainings are part of the programs under the four-pronged disaster risk reduction and management plan of the city which are prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation and recovery.

As per protocol, the CDRRM Council chaired by the mayor with City Administrator Carlos Canilao as action officer activates the operations center during disasters like typhoons or even during heaving downpour without typhoon signals hoisted.

The council is composed of sub-committees composed of various city offices and divisions with specific tasks mainly aimed at minimizing if not preventing casualties and damage, ensuring enough food supply, evacuation centers, effective rescue operations, infrastructure restoration and other needs.

City Engineering Office officer-in-charge Edgar Victorino Olpindo said they have seven teams on hand for rescue operations even as they also in charge of clearing and cleaning canals and waterways all over the city to prevent flooding.

The Office of the City Social Welfare and Development headed by OCSWD Officer Betty Fangasan takes charge of relief operations for the evacuees and facilitates emergency shelter assistance to the victims.

The operations center hotlines are 442-1901, 1902, 1904 and 1905. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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