MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government announced over the weekend that leaders from 104 barangays in 10 Metro Manila cities pledge to stand up for urban resilience by continuing and sharing community-based disaster risk reduction management (CBDRRM) taught to them through the agency’s partnership with the Australian Aid (AusAID) and the Disaster Risk Reduction Network-Philippines (DRRNet-Phils).
The barangay officials signed their commitment to CBDRRM during the culminating activity of the technical assistance of AusAID to the DILG, through the contracted non-government organization DRRNet-Phils, in securing the safety of informal settler families (ISFs).
A part of the pledge read, “Ako’y isang mamamayang Pilipino, tumitindig tungo sa bayang ligtas; nakikiisa sa panawagan ng pagbabago nang may paninindigan at adhikaing makatao. Gagamitin ang karunungang taglay sa pagtaguyod ng pamayanang matibay; bukas-palad akong gagabay aagapay sa higit na nangangailangang tunay.”
Austere A. Panadero, DILG Undersecretary for Local Government, lauded the Informal Settler Families – Project Management Office (ISF-PMO) lodged at the DILG, the AusAID, and DRRNet-Phils for conducting CBDRRM workshops in the said barangays located in the eight major waterways in Metro Manila.
These waterways are Estero de Maypajo, Estero de Sunog Apog, Pasig River, Estero Tripa de Gallina, Tullahan River, San Juan River, Manggahan Floodway, and Maricabon Creek.
“Magtulungan po tayong muli para ipamahagi ang kaalaman ukol sa CBDRRM sa iba pang mga barangay sa buong bansa,” Panadero said during the program at the DILG Central Office in Quezon City.
He assured that disaster preparedness is one of the cornerstone programs of Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento as well as the incoming Secretary, Ismael ‘Mike’ Sueno.
Meanwhile, AusAID Portfolio Manager Anne Orquiza responded that, “Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Louise Gorely hopes that with the AusAID assistance, communities and families in these vulnerable barangays would now be more informed and more capable in disaster preparedness.”
A message of hope was also imparted by Maria Lourdes L. Agustin, Director of the DILG National Capital Region, “Sa darating na mga kalamidad, sana’y mga kwento ng kahandaan, pagharap, pagbangon at pagsulong ang ating ibabahagi sa halip na mga kwento ng takot at hirap ang ating maririnig.”
There were 11 flood simulation drills conducted in selected barangays and a series of 6-day CBDDRM workshops benefiting 115 barangays throughout the 10 cities of Metro Manila from June 2013 to May 2015.
Early warning devices for flood preparedness were provided to all of the covered barangays in the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon, Pasig, Pasay, Caloocan, Valenzuela, San Juan, and Malabon.
As a result of the trainings, beneficiary barangays have started to organize and enhance their Barangay DRRM Plans.
Meanwhile, select barangays that have completed the CBDRRM workshops were given a “E-Learning Pack” which is a repository of all knowledge products generated during the CBDRRM activities.
Even though the technical assistance on CBDRRM came to a close, there shall be continuity in the information and awareness drive through the project’s “E-Learning Pack” which contained a tool kit or a digital interactive library of knowledge designed to provide local government units (LGUs) with easy-to-understand processes, steps, strategies in CBDRRM. PNA/northboundasia.com