Baguio DDRM fund ready for access

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


THE Baguio City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office listed priorities in preparation for possible disasters after the approval of the DRRM plan recently.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in a press forum, said he was pleased the calamity fund can now be tapped by the city for necessary funding of projects and activities.

City administrator Carlos Canilao meanwhile said with the DRRM plan approved, an evacuation center is eyed to be built at Motorpool, City Camp Lagoon which will also serve a disaster operation office.

Of the P156,292,103 DRRM fund for 2014, P19,193,700 or 30 percent was allocated as a Quick Response Fund which will serve as a stand-by for relief and recovery programs to assure security in the lives of victims from communities hit by emergencies, epidemics, calamities and disasters.

Seventy percent of the DRRM plan was divided in four thematic areas based on the national framework, which are prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery.

P93,580,000 was also allotted by the city under the area of preparedness which is the priority for hazard mapping, community organizing, planning, procurement of equipment, training, stockpiling, insuring of assets and most importantly information and education campaign to the public.

Under prevention and mitigation, P18,367,623 can be used for structural and non-structural measures which include hazard-resistant construction and engineering works; formulation and implementation of plans, and projects; and even further enforcement of the comprehensive land-use planning, building and standards.

Canilao earlier said the planned projects, programs and activities were based on the city's vulnerabilities.

For assistance and interventions in times of disasters, another response fund at P2.7M can be used by any public or private agencies.

Under rehabilitation and recovery, P22,450,780 can be utilized to restore the community by rehabilitation of damaged infrastructures, rebuilding of people's livelihood, facilities and bringing back socio-economic activities.

The City Environment and Parks Management Office also have at hand P20,550,00 for its Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) measures.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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