Smart, CNDR partner to sponsor disaster preparedness training in Cebu

IMG_5916In response to the request of Governor Hilario P. Davide III, Smart Communications and its partners will conduct disaster preparedness training for the key decision-makers in the province of Cebu.

This is an eight (8) month project sponsored by Smart Communications, Petron Foundation and Prulife UK.  The total budget of the project is P2.7 million with P417 million as counterpart of the province of Cebu.

“At the end of eight months, Cebu Province will be disaster ready and the disaster risk reduction and management officers of the towns and cities have been trained on how to respond in case of flood and typhoon,” according to Smart’s Senior Manager for Public Affairs Atty. Jane Paredes.

“Smart is very supportive of disaster preparedness efforts. Disaster management is one of the pillars of our corporate social responsibility programs,” she added.

Dubbed as “Building Noah’s Ark in the Province of Cebu,” the provincial government is the lead implementor of the project in collaboration with Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), where Smart, Petron and Prulife UK are all members.

Its concept was patterned with that of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office’s disaster preparedness plan.

The project will start with a signing of memorandum of agreement tentatively scheduled on March 7. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale suggested holding the training in six (6) clusters following the six congressional districts.

Dubbed as the “Training of Trainers,” each of the 43 towns and seven component cities are required to send two representatives. Representatives from the provincial Capitol will also be attending.

Expected output from the project include provincial risk assessment, functional structure of local disaster risk reduction and management council (LDRRMC), provincial early warning system, provincial communication protocol, municipal evacuation system and procedures, contingency and integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation plan.

CNDR Program Officer for Private Sector Preparedness Karen Tria said one of the discussions will focus on how to have a functional LDRRMC. She said the responsibilities of the executive departments (as LDRRMC members) will be outlined, as they are primary responders in times of emergency.  Xerxes Alkuino