Philippine Disaster Preparedness

Philippine Disaster Preparedness

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Recently the Philippine Disaster Preparedness Council sponsored a seminar for agency coordination during storms. Over the three days conference topics that were discussed included; introduction to contingency planning for emergencies, evolving weather hazards in relation to climate change, disaster reporting and other issues. Preparing for a disaster in advance will save lives and limits property damage.

The Philippine Disaster Council (RDRRMC1) seminar was held at Brentwood Apartelle in Baguio City this past July. The Republic Act 10121 was passed to focus on disaster preparedness in the Philippines. The Main thrust was to organize the various agencies of the government and private industry for their response to a disaster. The Phillipine Disaster Preparedness plan is divided into four areas each with certain agency responsibilities. The first division focuses on avoiding hazards by reducing exposure and includes the Office of Civil Defense. The second division focuses on anticipation of disaster and includes the Philippine Information Agency. A third division focuses on saving lives and one agency included is the DND-Philippine Army. The fourth division focuses on shoring up current facilities and includes the Department of Agriculture. Miriam P. Aquino recently wrote an article about this meeting for the Philippine Information Agency and here are some of the details:

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union July 31 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Region 1 (RDRRMC1) has conducted a three-day seminar to orient member agencies of their role during emergency situations.

The seminar consisted of lectures on the Philippine disaster risk reduction management system, NDRRM framework plan, introduction to contingency planning for emergencies, evolving weather hazards in relation to climate change, business continuity/ISO 31000, disaster reporting on affected population, disaster reporting to NDRRMC, and action planning per thematic area.

Melchito Castro, director of the Office of Civil Defense-1, said government is now making efforts to prevent, mitigate and prepare for disasters. He added that identifying the root causes of vulnerability will reduce losses and damages during disaster.

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property damageBecause of the Philippine disaster preparedness seminar people and property will be saved during a disaster of any kind. Government agencies and private industry will have a clear plan as to a procedure during a disaster. During a disaster and the cleanup afterwards are hampered by red tape this fact slows down recovery. The Philippine disaster preparedness also covered generating and coordinating funds for recovery. The coordination of funds will cut down the red tape needed for allocation. Hopefully this will help other governments in their disaster preparedness efforts.

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