Oro to intensify disaster preparedness-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) will intensify disaster risk reduction (DRR) trainings in Cagayan de Oro City to help people prepare for disasters following the earthquake that shook Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday morning, an official said.
CDRRMO head Mario Monsanto said that although there are no cities that can prepare for an earthquake, his office is conducting drills over and over again to instill the basic skills regarding disaster risk reduction management.
“We are conducting drills four times every year,” said Monsanto, referring to the intensity of drills conducted by the office, including nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and other private sectors.
He added that they have conducted trainings in the city since July.
“Private companies like Jollibee and Chowking have participated in trainings on earthquake preparedness,” said Monsanto.
He said they have also conducted first-aid trainings in Barangay Balulang and other villages in the city.
Monsanto said the strengthening the alliance of CDRRMO and NGOs will help the city prepare for disasters.
“We are strengthening the alliance with NGOs, in fact, we already have six members in the CDRRM council,” said Monsanto.
NGOs and private institutions that are helping the CDRRMO conduct trainings are Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Gawad kalinga, Xavier University, Balay Mindanaw, among others, he said.
Office of Civil Defense-Northern Mindanao (OCD) regional director Ana Cañeda said raising the awareness of the people is very important in preparing for a disaster.
She added that it is important to intensify DRRM trainings in the region.
“The OCD is advocating that the buildings should comply with the building code,” said Cañeda.
She added that buildings with high occupancy like schools should follow the building code so that no lives will be lost during earthquakes.
“They better comply to avoid remorse,” said Cañeda.
Monsanto said that during earthquakes it is up to the strength of buildings in the city.
“Ang ato nalang kay kung unsa kakusog ang atong mga buildings (It depends on the stability of the buildings),” said Monsanto adding that there is no way to prepare during earthquakes.
He added that buildings should not be built just anywhere as the type of land could affect the stability and strength of structures.
“Dapat studiohan ang yuta,” said Monsanto as a suggestion before building a structure.
Monsanto said that household appliances and furniture should be attached to something solid as it may fall down on someone during an earthquake.
Disaster preparedness activities
Last September 21, a trainers’ training on disaster risk reduction was conducted by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines–Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) to Typhoon Sendong victims in Iligan City.
RMP-NMR is set to have a series of DRR trainings in communities affected by Sendong in Iligan City, through the Survivors’ collective that was established after the killer typhoon struck in 2011.
On September 23, 2013, a school-based disaster risk management training was conducted in the city that was participated by high school teachers.
During the commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Disaster Risk Reduction, Resiliency and Emergency Assistance Mission (Dream) initiated activities like video presentations to heighten the awareness of the people about protecting the environment against climate change.
In a press statement released Tuesday, Balay Mindanaw Group (BMG) of NGOs conducted a five-day training for its staff to make them effective disaster aid workers should disasters strike the region.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 18, 2013.