The Office of Civil Defense in 2019 led the conduct of Provincial DRRM Caravans in the region which served as a platform for the Regional and the Provincial DRRM Councils to interface and discuss important matters pertaining to the implementation of various DRRM-related programs and activities, as well as for CRDRRMC to update stakeholders on the programs, projects and activities being implemented in the region.
This year in embracing the “new and better normal” resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), OCD – CAR led the first of two -scheduled Cordillera Virtual Resilience Caravan last August 25 that was participated by provincial and municipal DRRM officers of 42 LGUs in the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, and Ifugao.
In said event, OCD Director for Policy Development and Planning Service Tecson John Lim gave updates on the move to create a Department of Disaster Resilience and on the Accredited Community Disaster Volunteers initiative.
At the Regional level, Frankie Cortez of OCD – CAR Operations Section, provided updates on COVID – 19 responses in the Cordillera. Representatives from the regional offices of Bureau of Local Government Finance, National Economic Development Authority and Department of the Interior and Local Government presented a status report on the Bayanihan and Local DRRM funds, the Cordillera Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for COVID – 19 and the preparedness initiative for hydromet hazards amidst the COVID pandemic, respectively.
CRDRRMC Chair and OCD – CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol outlined the importance of the activity which is to impart relevant information, strengthen harmony and intensify convergence among all stakeholders from the national, regional to local DRRM stakeholders .
In response, Kalinga Provincial DRRM Chairperson Governor Ferdinand Tubban lauded OCD - CAR and the CRDRRMC for spearheading such activity that is very important in sharing knowledge, experiences and good practices, as well as for exchange of ideas and analysis that will help ensure a maximum level of preparedness through harmonization of strategies and approaches.
Tubban also assured that the Kalinga provincial government and DRRM Office will do their part as we embrace the new normal brought by the COVID pandemic and in preparedness and response for possible ible hydromet hazards that the rainy season may bring.
National DRRM Council Executive Director and OCD National Administrator USEC Ricardo Jalad, in a video message, commended OCD – CAR, the CRDRRMC, Cordillera LGUs and other partners in pushing for a safer, adaptive and disaster- resilient Cordillera as the danger posed by the COVID pandemic can further be aggravated by other natural hazards.
The second Regional Resilience Caravan is set on September 1 to be joined by DRRM stakeholders in 40 LGUs from the provinces of Abra and Mountain Province and Baguio City. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar