Grassroot level disaster preparedness campaign to step up in Davao del Norte

January 31, 2013 12:18 pm 

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 31 — The provincial government here will intensify its disaster preparedness campaign in the grassroot level starting February to empower every household to face natural calamities.

Noel Baguio of the Provincial Information Office, said the community-based campaign dubbed as Oplan ANDAM (Advocacy on Natural Disaster Awareness and Management), seeks to protect vulnerable families from the adverse impact of natural cataclysmic events such as typhoons, floods, and landslides.

He said the plan was conceptualized by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on disaster risk preparedness and response strategy for all barangays in Davao del Norte, which was created by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario by virtue of Executive Order No. 04 last January 25.

Baguio said the governor decided to intensify the disaster awareness campaign in the communities after Typhoon Pablo and other weather disturbances brought successive flooding in the province.

The floods affected hundred thousands of people and damaged over P4-billion worth of crops and infrastructure.

Del Rosario trumpeted the well-coordinated emergency plan carried out by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and the various DRRMOs of various local government units (LGUs) which resulted to only three casualties when typhoon Pablo hit the Davao Region.

As the province shifted to response and rehabilitation phases, Baguio said the governor mandated deeper preparedness at the household level, particularly in disaster-prone areas, in order to attain zero casualty and cushion off the destructive impacts of natural catastrophes.

He said the awareness campaign will particularly tap the mothers who will be given lectures on climate change, household preparation techniques, community-level early warning system and communication system. The campaign will also provide emergency or grab kits such as flashlights, toiletries, transistor radios and food in pouches, among others.

The province will roll out Oplan ANDAM in identified barangays starting the first week of February. (PNA)

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