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1st provincial contingency planning held

| by: Lee De la Cerna

The Cebu Provincial Government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), together with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) held its first Provincial Contingency Planning.

The contingency planning aims to prepare the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) members and partners to respond well to an emergency and its potential humanitarian impact.

PDRRMO Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said that developing a contingency plan involves making decisions in advance about the management, coordination and communications procedures, and being aware of technical and logistical responses.

“One of the promises of the Governor is to really have a disaster resilience Cebu, and we cannot be resilient without planning, especially when we talk about emergency disaster, so we have to draw the plan. We just started the typhoon and there will be a series of workshops,” said Tribunalo.

He added that the workshop seeks to strengthen and enhance the operational capabilities of local government units (LGUs) in responding to any emergency situation in their localities.

The plan covers five modules: the purpose, or why and when to conduct contingency planning; the people, or who should participate in the contingency plan, underscoring the collective efforts and coordination; process and format, or the environment scanning and regional profile; mock coordination, or cluster presentation of contingency plans; and the way forward, or the consolidation fragmented plan.

The plan highlights the importance of mainstream disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA).

During the workshop, one of the concerns is in disaster recovery and rehabilitation.

“We must be equipped. We have the papers now to purchase additional equipment and hopefully, it will be complete before the year ends,” Tribunalo said.

He added that they also mounted an early warning system for natural hazard and other calamities.

“We have trained people, very good and capable people in responding emergency situations,” he said.

The DRRM law requires local governments to have DRRM plans that designate evacuation centers and articulate contingency protocols.  Local governments should seriously take into account disaster risks in designating evacuation centers.

The three-day seminar-workshop on Provincial Contingency Planning was conducted in Golden Valley Hotel, Cebu City on Sept. 23 to 25.