Disaster Programs Approved
June 6, 2015
BAGUIO CITY – The city council approved additional disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) programs amounting to P35 million for this year to be financed under the DRRM fund.
City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council action officer city administrator Carlos Canilao said most of the projects deal with calamity preparedness including the acquisition of disaster supplies and equipment, preparation of information materials and conduct of trainings with a total amount of P24,213,300.
A total of P7.2 million will be used for prevention and mitigation particularly the conduct of assessment and surveys of the hazardous areas and preparation of local sewerage and septage plan and drainage master plan.
Other projects address the rehabilitation and recovery mostly repair and rehabilitation of infrastructures in the barangays to cost P3,377,000 and response particularly the provision of transportation, medical and burial services, assistance and operation fund amounting to P600,000.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that with the approval of the projects the city hopes to achieve its overall goal of zero casualty and reduced property loss.
The city earlier adopted other projects under the DRRM plan mostly infrastructure programs that were included in the Annual Investment Plan for 2015. The AIP was approved by the city council last February.
The DRRM fund this year totals P67 million.
The projects were based on the three-year Revised City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan approved last year by the city council.
The plan covering 2014-2016 serves as the city’s guidebook in preparing for and responding to calamities, both natural and man-made including the effects of climate change. It aims to “create a sustainable and enabling environment that increases community consciousness on hazards, aims for zero casualty, reduce human suffering, property damage and protect environment sensitive areas from all types of disasters.”
The plan covers the four thematic areas prescribed by the national framework namely prevention and mitigation aimed at identifying and mitigating hazards to prevent potential impacts to the communities and the population; preparedness to achieve zero casualties and the least damage to properties; response to preserve life and provide basic subsistence needs in accordance with quality and acceptable assistance and services during and immediately after the occurrence of a disaster; and rehabilitation or recovery with goal of normalizing the lives of the affected individuals and their families through the restoration of essential services, facilities and socio-economic activities in the affected communities./A Refuerzo