A three day seminar- workshop on strengthening the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) system of the Province of Cagayan was held at El Cielito Inn, Baguio City on February 13-15, 2012.
The seminar was participated by different partner agencies in the province such as the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOCS), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Education (DEPED), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Provincial Treasury, Provincial Budget, General Services Office, Rescue 29, and the Provincial Information Office.
The provincial workshop aimed to strengthen the PDRRMC system by unifying the PDRRMC members and staff of the PDRRMO and other key stakeholders towards crafting the Incident Command System (ICS) manual. The ICS seeks to further enhance disaster response mechanism during emergencies.
During the activity, topics on the provincial profile, disaster experiences, and the review of the LGU mandates under RA 10121 and other related laws were discussed by speakers from the different agencies. Current disaster risk reduction and management practice and Emergency Response Mechanism and the ICS were discussed by Dr. Joseph Espiritu from the Province of Albay. Workshop on identifyingcritical issues and concerns, process and key roles of stakeholders, and review and enhancement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) roles and functions were in formulating the operations manual for the province.
A simulation exercise on disaster situation was also done to identify roles and functions of each agency in responding during emergencies.
The seminar is expected to assist the Province of Cagayan to come up with a Disaster Management Action Plan, Standard Operating Procedures, Operational Fund, Facilities, and its proper implementation through coordination, policy making, operations management, information gathering and record keeping, public information and resource management.
“The Province of Cagayan is very fortunate to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the project Technical Support to the Government of the Philippines for Disaster Preparedness and Response Activities. We thank the United Nations- World Food Program (UN-WFP) for providing technical assistance to the province through capability- building support activities,” PSWD Officer Edna T. Junio said.
The project covers nine (9) municipalities in four (4) provinces as pilot areas, namely: Cagayan (Amulung, Enrile, Aparri), Benguet (Atok and Tublay), Laguna (Mabitac and Pila) and Sorsogon (Irosin and Juban).
The provincial workshop was sponsored by UN-WFP in collaboration with the Business for Social Progress (PBSP). VBRamos