Pampanga to hold DRRM summit

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Monday, May 19, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Angie Blanco said Monday that Capitol and the Office of Civil Defense will hold a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Summit on June 5 to 6 at the Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport.

Blanco said the general objective of the summit is to formulate action plans based on comprehensive and standard understanding of the DRRM roles and responsibilities of local chief executives (LCEs) as a result of the 2013 Regional Summit for the effective and efficient delivery of government services.

"At the end of the summit, LCEs must be able to identify and highlight their roles and responsibilities in DRRM; learn from experiences of selected local DRRM Councils and identify challenges to agitate community based DRRM solutions; and institutionalize and implement knowledge in DRRM planning, tools and protocols demonstrated during the Regional Summit," Blanco said.

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The two-day summit will feature lectures on the "State of Central Luzon’s DRRM," LCEs Roles and Responsibilities in DRRM, Institutionalization of Local DRRM Offices, Guidelines on the Utilization of Local DRRM Fund, Hydro-Met Hazards and Warning System, Local Geological Hazards, Earthquake-induced Landslides/Multi-Hazard Maps, Project NOAH, Flood Modeling, Formulation of Local DRRM Action Plans, Introduction to Contingency Planning and Cluster Approach, Introduction to Incident Command System, and Introduction to Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment and Post-Disaster Needs Assessment.

There will also be a sharing of best practices among multi-awarded local DRRM Councils and from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Serving as the highlight of the occasion is the Declaration of Commitment and Panunumpa ng Lokal na Konseho ng DRRM.

Ready for El Niño

Meanwhile, Blanco said that even if Pampanga will not be severely affected by the looming dry spell or El Niño, the PDRRMO, under its climate change component, has put in place interventions to counter any possible effects.

"We have recently improved irrigation systems in several towns to make sure that our farmlands will have enough water. Similarly, we have cleaned and are maintaining canals from water sources leading to irrigated lands. Though the province may not be severely affected, we nevertheless put the necessary interventions for the dry spell," she told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Blanco added that farmers are also undergoing seminars on crop rotation, greenhouses, stocking irrigation systems to complement Capitol's programs on reforestation and regular tree planting. (With JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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