Sec. Robredo launches Seal of Disaster Preparedness in Region 1 "Tapatan"

July 10, 2012 10:29 pm 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 10 — Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo formally launched the Seal of Disaster Preparedness for Floods (SDP) to recognize the performance and efforts of local government units in institutionalizing disaster preparedness for floods.

The launching was made during the Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness & Climate Change Adaption hosted by DILG Region 1 headed by Regional Director Corazon Guray held at Oasis Country Resort here today, July 10.

Guray said the SDP shall be conferred to local government units which demonstrate an acceptable level of disaster preparedness and disaster preparedness response before and during floods, as an official symbol of excellence.

"The advantage or benefit of the SDP is that we will not only reward efforts of Local Government Units but the Department will be able to assess performance gaps to provide policy or program intervention and monitor progress of their performance," he added.

Based on the guidelines of DILG, the initial assessment of the SDP will cover the provinces, cities and municipalities as high risk to flooding, putting priority to LGUs located in the 18 major river basis.

Some of the LGUs of Region 1 are along the Agno and Abra river basins.

"We are focusing on the level of preparedness of LGUs on floods since flooding is a common incidence in the country," Director Guray said.

Data obtained from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau and River Basin Control Office) show that 1,127 out of 1,634 or 69 percent of cities and municipalities are susceptible to river flashloods.

Guray said the SDP has two levels of assessment: the first level looks into disaster preparedness before a flood occurs; and the second focuses on disaster preparedness response during disaster brought about by a high intensify flood.

She said the LGUs that pass the first level assessment shall be given a Certificate of Recognition and are qualified for the level 2 assessment. Those who passed the second level shall be conferred with the Seal plus a Disaster Management Fund or disaster equipage.

Other DILG initiatives recognizing the efforts and contributions of local government units in the advancement of good local governance are the Seal of Good Housekeeping: Bronze, Silver and Gold, and the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, national and regional level. (PNA)

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