DILG 4A holds caravan on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption
By Alan C. Ortillano
Thursday 19th of July 2012
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, July 19 (PIA) -- A caravan on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation was held here Tuesday. The activity aims to push the need for disaster preparedness among LGUs.
The Tapatan sa Timog Katagalugan Caravan on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) aims to promote institutionalizing disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation and mitigation among local government units (LGUs) nationwide.
The caravan is a joint effort of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Among the topics discussed during the Tapatan were the salient features of the DRRM Law, R.A. 10121 also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 which shifted the focus from disaster response to disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
Participants included city and municipal mayors, regional directors of national government line agencies, local disaster risk reduction and management officers, national and information officers of LGUs, representatives from the private sector, academe, members of the media and other stakeholders were
Laguna Governor Jeorge Ejercito-Estregan, Cainta Mayor Ramon A. Ilagan and Banaba Brgy. Chairman Renato C. Sulit of San Mateo, Rizal presented their best practices on DRRM/CCA while Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) gave a presentation on “Natural and human induced disasters in a local setting.”
An open forum was also held along with the turnover of one patrol vehicle from YTMI to Inter-Agency Multi-Sectoral Task Force; the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat (Salintubig) project between the DILG and several LGUs in Laguna, Batangas and Quezon with a funding of P3.5-M per municipality and the distribution of cheques worth P1 million allotted as Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) each for selected municipalities from Laguna, Cavite and Quezon witnessed by DILG Undersecretary Steve Banadero and other officials.
Meanwhile, Usec. Banadero said the Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) is an integrated response to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s call for a quicker, more responsive disaster prevention, management and mitigation system in view of climate change.
Project NOAH basically bundles all the technologies, resources and people of the Department of Science and Technology for disaster mitigation in one comprehensive program. It has three major components: local sensors technology development, a six-hour flood warning system and the use of 3D mapping for charting hazard areas, and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to save lives and property.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG 4A) led by Regional Director Josefina Castilla-Go, in partnership with the city government of Calamba headed by Mayor Joaquin M. Chipeco Jr., and Renato B. Almeda, vice president of Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. (YTMI) hosted the caravan.
The caravan aims to define roles in functional and operational responsibilities for those mandated and committed to do disaster preparedness; strengthen the capacities of the LGUs and communities in preparing, responding and recovering from disasters and climate change; push LGUs to adopt and implement a coherent, comprehensive, integrated, efficient and responsive disaster risk reduction program incorporated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plans, Comprehensive Development Plans, Annual Investment Plans and Barangay Development Plans; forge an effective partnership among stakeholders in advocating disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation and provide a venue for addressing various governance policy issues and disaster and climate change-related concerns. (CPG/ACO, PIA-Laguna)