OCD-CAR, CRDRRMC to conduct Typhoon ‘Lawin’ post assessment in CAR

BAGUIO CITY –- Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR) director Andrew Alex Uy on Friday, November 4 said the agency will conduct a post assessment on the effects of super typhoon “Lawin”.

“Lawin” is by far the strongest tropical cyclone that hit the Cordillera Region where more than 100,000 families were affected, 16 people died, and 5 out of 6 provinces were placed under state of calamity, Uy said.

Typhoon “Lawin” left billions of pesos in damages to infrastructure and agriculture.

Because of these aftermaths, six teams from different member agencies of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) will be deployed to conduct Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) mission in Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province on November 13.

This is to ensure efficient, effective and well-organized disaster rehabilitation and recovery.

The mission aims to gather detailed assessment of disaster impacts and to be able to identify critical needs of the affected sectors.

PDNA is a multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary structured approach for assessing disaster impacts and prioritizing recovery and reconstruction needs through combined forces of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Electric Cooperatives, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), National Irrigation Authority (NIA), and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).

Uy, chairperson of the CRDRRMC, said the results of the assessment will be used by the National Government in crafting a comprehensive and inclusive Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan in line with the “Build-back Better Concept”.

“We will help each other recuperate from the catastrophic impacts left by Super Typhoon “Lawin”.

For the early recovery phase, an estimate of PhP69 million of assistance from DSWD, OCD, and LGUs was extended to affected population.

Food and non-food items were provided during relief operations while restoration of power supplies in some areas is still ongoing. Jojo Lamaria/PNA-northboundasia.com