BAGUIO CITY, June 9(PIA) - - Members of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) just completed a 5 – day training on Post - Disaster Need Assessment, a multi – sectoral and multi - disciplinary structured approach on the government’s disaster rehabilitation and recovery program.
The training, which was spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera and held at Ridgewood Residences from May 29 to June 2, included orientation on the PDNA mission, human recovery needs and damage and loss assessment, and table – top exercises to familiarize the participants with the PDNA forms and templates and in formulating an assessment report that corresponds to the provided disaster scenarios.
It also focused on the assessment of the possible impact of disasters on the productive, social and infrastructure sectors and cross – sectoral areas.
CRDRRMC Chair and OCD Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy said the training was aimed to provide council members better understanding for proper implementation of PDNA, which is a newly developed tool on the government’s disaster rehabilitation and recovery efforts.
The CRDRRMC implemented an intensified PDNA last year in the aftermath of super typhoon Lawin where six teams were deployed to cover each of the six provinces in the region.
NEDA Regional Director Milagros Rimando, the CRDRRMC vice chair for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery during the training’s closing program, outlined the importance of having a larger pool of skilled person for PDNA work that must be anchored on the “Build Back Better” principle given the importance of having a reliable, complete and timely data and information for rehabilitation and recovery planning.
Rimando also outlined that PDNA is an important part not only of the rehab and recovery phase but the whole Disaster Risk Reduction and Management cycle which is an essential component of both the Philippine Development Plan and the Cordillera Regional Development Plan 2017 – 2022.
Looking at the overall context, the PDP and Cordillera RDP are comprehensive plans wherein with poverty reduction and inclusive growth in the center, reducing vulnerability, ensuring safety and strengthening resiliency are equally important, Rimando stressed.
For Cordillera which is prone to landslides and the lowland areas to flashfloods, there are many challenges in DRRM but that is why we are continuously learning and improving ourselves, she added. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)