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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
IN THE aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in 2011, Barangay Macasandig was one of the communities that suffered extensive damage and loss lives.
To help the community to be better prepared, the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR) in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), recently turned over a Barangay Disaster Risk Management Manual that compiles best practices on how to respond before, during and after disasters.
The manual that contains flood warning and evacuation plans is a product of continuing efforts of CNDR and Smart in the area of disaster preparedness and emergency response under the Noah's Ark project. It was crafted based on the community's experiences and will serve as a guide for the barangay disaster risk reduction management council as well as other stakeholders.
Under Noah's Ark, local leaders and their constituents are trained to be prepared and to implement pre-emptive measures even before a disaster hits the community. Communities like Macasandig had six months of trainings and workshops on disaster preparedness, which culminated in a community-wide flood warning and evacuation drill that was supported by residents and the local government.
"This is significant because they now have a working reference based on their own collective experience, actually used during drills, and put to the test during typhoon Pablo last year," said Darwin Flores, Smart department head for community partnerships.
"Because of this, the barangay is not only prepared to reduce its vulnerabilities to hazards related to flooding, it is also positioned now to be a resource for other barangays in the country for community-based disaster preparedness," added Flores.
"The barangay is very fortunate to have secured the support of Smart and CNDR in making us more prepared for any disaster. The Noah's Ark Project has come a long way in helping us manage the hazards that come with floods," said Aaron Neri, barangay captain of Macasandig.
Macasandig is once again holding a flood warning and evacuation drill this month to make sure that the community, particularly the high-risk sitios of Lower Tambo, Lower St. Ignatius, Biasong and Tibasak are prepared for floods, particularly with the onset of the rainy season.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2013.