Led by CDRRMC chair and Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Director Albert Mogol, the 5th leg of the regional caravan was participated by Abra DRRMC Chairperson Gov. Maria Jocelyn Bernos, Vice Governor Ronald Balao-as, Congressman Joseph Sto. Nino Bernos, Abra DRRM Council members and the municipal Local DRRM officers.
One of the main issues raised during the caravan is the poor internet connectivity especially in upland areas.
Licuan-Baay LDRRMO Erosbon Sabedo shared that their Municipal DRRMC is frequently struggling to submit their situational reports especially during onslaught of a typhoon due to fluctuating signal of cellular networks.
Mogol said they will appeal to the National Telecommunications Commission for an upgrade proposal of network cell sites in the upland areas in the Cordillera to establish an intact communication network of MDRRMOs online through messengers.
The Abra Police Provincial Office also committed to open their radio communications in all municipal police stations for the MDRRMCs to convey their situational reports to the Operation Center in case of network technical problems during calamities.
Mogol lauded all the LDRRMOs for timely submission of reports despite challenged by network connectivity problems.
Another concern raised is the undertrained LGU personnel for disaster mitigation and response. With this matter, Mogol requested all the MDRRMCs to submit their training proposal particularly with Basic Incident Command System so that OCD will provide them technical assistance on disaster response trainings.
OCD-CAR also suggested for the MLGUs of Abra to appoint a permanent disaster officer of their municipality. As per report of the PDRRMO, there are 20 permanent positions of LDRRMOs out of the 27 municipalities. The others have LDRRMO designate only.
On the establishment of evacuations center per municipality, Mogol explained that the LGU has to identify a location not prone to disasters with an area of 3,000.00 sq.m. However, OCD-CAR allows a minimum of 800 sq.m. to upland municipalities with mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, Cong. Bernos pledged support for all LDRRMOs in the procurement of their disaster equipment and the establishments of more flood controls in flood-prone barangays.
On the second day of the caravan, the LDRRMOs presented their DRRM plans which were reviewed by the OCD-CAR for appropriate implementations.
DOST-CAR also conducted DRRM Information System Users training for PDRRMC members and the LDRRMOs. (JDP/CAGT- PIA-CAR, Abra)
By Christian Allister G. Tubadeza