The BDRRMC and the BCPC

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By Nerie Bayan

ABC Reports

Thursday, June 30, 2011


WITH the intention of creating a single format to be adopted by the 128 barangays of the City of Baguio in coming up with their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (BDRRMC), Liga ng mga Barangay President and City Councilor Joel A. Alangsab called a meeting with the members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council on June 28, 2011. The meeting was held at the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

F/S.Supt. Richard Villanueva expressed that during the planning session of the CDRRMC, a color coding system was arrived at to guide the various sub-committees in easily identifying the various tasks and responsibilities of every color, in responding to disasters or emergencies. It was then suggested that this system be adopted within the barangay level to likewise have readily available response-support teams from the different barangays.

Apart from Hon. Joel Alangsab, those present particularly, representatives from the Office of the Civil Defense, City Administrator's Office, City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC), Fire Marshal F/S.Supt. Richard Villanueva, DILG Dir. Evelyn Trinidad, and CSWD Officer Betty Fangasan agreed to adopt the said color coding system for the barangays.

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Section 5, Rule 6 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10121 provides that "the BDRRMC shall be a regular committee of the existing BDC and shall be subject thereto. The punong barangay shall facilitate and ensure the participation of at least two (2) CSO representatives from existing and active community-based people's organization representing the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the barangay."

However, so as not to create confusion and to conform with the existing color coding applied by the CDRRMC, the composition of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council shall be composed of the following: punong barangay - chairman; an action officer to be designated by the punong barangay from the elected kagawdas; from the members of the barangay council, the following sub-committees shall be forme: Rescue and Engineering (ORANGE) to be chaired by the Committee on Infrastructure and Public Works; Finance (VIOLET) to be chaired by the Committee on Appropriations and the Barangay Treasurer; Communication/Warning (GREEN) to be chaired by the Committee on Education to be co-chaired by the SK Chairperson; Medical Assistance (YELLOW) to be chaired by the Committee on Health and Sanitation; Security/Peace and Order shall be chaired by the Committee on Peace and Order; Evacuation/Relief/Transportation (RED) shall be chaired by the Committee on Social Services; and Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (BLACK) shall be chaired by the Barangay Secretary for the needed documentation and report preparations; and the volunteers or other NGOs in the barangays.

The CDRRMC shall conduct the needed orientation to the barangays to give the officials the needed information with regards the functions of the various sub-committees, and on how they should respond in times of emergencies. This orientation shall be coordinated with the Office of the Liga ng mga Barangays. This is to show the barangay's and the government's determination in preparing the barangay, the city, the constituents, the response groups and the lead agencies in properly responding to emergencies or disasters.

On June 28, 2011, the City Social Welfare and Development Office conducted the "Strengthening of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC)" to barangay officials from Districts 1 - 4. The said seminar-workshop was the first in six batches covering the 20 districts of the city. For June 29, 2011, the seminar-workshop was conducted for Districts 5 - 7. For the seminar for Districts 8 - 10, it shall be on July 6, 2011, Districts 11 - 13 (July 13, 2011), Districts 14 - 17 (July 14, 2011) and Districts 18 - 20 (July 15, 2011).

The venue for these seminars shall be at the City Hall Multi-purpose Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. During Hon. Alangsab's welcome remarks before the start of the seminar, he encouraged the barangays, especially the newly elected punong barangays, to do their part and their best in protecting the children by employing the proper procedures such as referral systems in addressing the concerns of these abused children.

This is intensifying the campaign in protecting the children of the barangays by equipping the barangay officials with the knowledge on how to handle cases of abused children, molested or raped children and other related concerns. Apparently, there has been an increase of such reported incidents in some barangays. The barangay officials play a very important role in making the City of Baguio a Child Friendly City; hence, they should exert all their efforts to ensure that they can provide the needed protection to the children within their respective barangays.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 30, 2011.

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