The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Lanao del Norte spearheaded a two-day workshop with all concern stakeholders in the province for readiness when natural or man-made disasters strikes. The activity was held at Mindanao Civic Center-Hotel Function Hall on October 19 and 20, 2017.
The members of the council conveyed and successfully created a 5 year Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan from 2017 to 2021. This plan will then be reviewed by the Office of Civil Defence.
In the workshop four committees were established: The Preparedness, Prevention & Mitigation, Relief & Response, and the Recovery & Rehabilitation. PDRRMO Head, Ramelito Tubongbanua said that these committees are made up of different agencies which actively operate in the Province of Lanao del Norte (Department of the Interior & Local Government, Department of Education, Provincial Information Office, Philippine National Police of the Province, Provincial Budget Office, Provincial Accounting Office, Provincial Civil Security Unit, Ranaw Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Assistance Center, Philippine Councilors League-Lanao del Norte, Provincial Cooperative Office, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Provincial Engineers Office, District Engineers (1st District DPWH), AFP’s 15th Infantry Battalion, Diocese Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Youth for Development-Lanao del Norte, Women’s Federation, Lanao Aquatic and Marine Fisheries Center for Community Development, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and the Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan).
The same agencies are the ones that provide essential services during emergencies and calamities. According to Brigida S. Tañgonan, Provincial Administrator, the unity of the different agencies is the key in making this workshop successful “Let’s work together kay di man pwede nga PDRRMO ray mu-imbento aninga plan, kundi it should be participated by everybody, multi-stake holder jud ang paghimo aning Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan.”
The goal of the workshop is for the committee members to identify and understand its objectives as well as the Disaster Risk Reduction concept and its relation to Republic Act 10121 “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework and institutionalizing The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes.” Furthermore, the workshop motivates the four committees of the PDRRMC to formulate long term goals of impacts that is practical and achievable in this year up to 2021. The DRRM Plan of 2014-2016 shall be re-assessed to fit to the new vision of PDRRM Plan: “Empowered and Disaster Resilient Communities Governed Proactively, To Achieve a Safe and Peaceful Environment towards Sustainable Development.”
The impacts that needs to be perform and achieve by each committee; for the Preparedness Committee their task is to “Reduce Casualty and Damage to Properties”, for the Prevention and Mitigation Committee is to “Reduce vulnerability and exposure of communities to all Hazards”, the Response And Relief Committee is to “Save Lives & Properties, and Address Basic Needs & Services of Disaster Affected Families”, and the Recovery & Rehabilitation Committee is to “Restore Psychosocial And Economic Living Conditions of Families In Disaster Affected Areas” within the principle of “Building Back Better.” PIO-LDN