The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Planning and Development Office in partnership with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office organized a Rehabilitation Planning Workshop for affected areas of Tropical Storm Vinta on January 23, 2018 at Rianas Restaurant, Mindanao Civic Center, Tubod.

Local Government Units of Kapatagan, Lala,  Tubod, Salvador, Sapad, Maigo, Balo-i, Munai, Bacolod, Kauswagan and Kolambugan actively participated in the workshop along with the Bureau of Fire, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Information and Communication Technology, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform and the National Irrigation Authority and other agencies of the government and non-government organizations. In addition, representatives from the Kapatagan Water District, Kolambugan Water District and Lanao Norte Electric Company also joined the activity to strengthen cooperation and coordination with all stakeholders in the rehabilitation program.

The workshop was made to solicit ideas from all concern units of the province, may it either from private or public sector. Provincial Administrator and Incident Commander of the Incident Management Team, Brigida S. Tañgonan was happy to see the great number of participants working together as one by engaging with each other in planning and exchanging ideas that would possibly be use as a guide in the implementation of the rehabilitation program.

Participants in the workshop were divided into 5 groups; Group 1: DOH, NNC, PHO, RDRRAC, MLGUs of Kapatagan, Salvador, Lala, Sapad, Group 2: DSWD, DepEd, MSU-IIT, PSWDO, UN-WFP, LAFCCOD, MIHANDS, DKMP. MLGUs of Tubod, Bacolod, Kolambugan, Group 3: DA, DTI, DOLE, DOST, DAR, PAO, PVO, PCO, PRMC, PESO, MLGU of Bacolod, Group 4: DPWH, NIA, PEO, Water District, LANECO, MLGUs of Munai and Maigo, Group 5: DILG, AFP, PNP, BFP, BFAR, DICT, Padmin, PDRRMO, PPDO, ENRO, PCSU, MLGU of Kauswagan. Each group has been handed out with Recovery & Rehabilitation Plan Matrix form to fill-in with possible ideas that are essential during the implementation. After a thorough discussion, representative from each group presented their initial rehabilitation plan in-front and handed it to PPDO. A meeting for final consolidation will be scheduled before submission to Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo for approval.

PDRRMO Head, Abeliza C. Manzano seized the opportunity to inform the participants to seriously involved themselves in this workshop and collectively come up with solutions that are vital for the execution of the recovery and rehabilitation program. PIO-LDN