AFTER two years of experiencing one of the worst disasters in its history, Cagayan de Oro City hosts a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRM) Summit.

The summit was attended by the City’s DRRM team together with the local chief executives (LCEs) of the province of Misamis Occidental at a convention center here beginning today until June 18.

Civil Defense regional office-Northern Mindanao Director Ana Cañeda cited the Mines and GeoSciences Bureau’s GeoHazard Assessment for the city’s barangays showed that barangays Camaman-an and Pagalungan are highly susceptible to landslides while barangays Cugman, F. S. Catanico, Pigsag-an, Tuburan, and Tumpagon have moderate susceptibility to landslide.

While another 10 barangays, namely: Baikingon, Balulang, Bayanga, Besigan, Lumbia, Mambuaya, San Simon, Taglimao, Tagpangi, and Tignapoloan, have low susceptibility to landslide.

Some parts of a number of these barangays, however, have higher susceptibility rating than their barangay centers.

The rest of the city’s barangays are not susceptible to landslide. And barangays Balubal, Gusa, Indahag, Lapasan, Macasandig, Nazareth, Pagatpat, and Tablon are observed to have a moderate to high susceptibility ratings in some of its areas.

While the Province of Misamis Occidental’s towns and cities are prone to coastal flooding except for the municipalities of Concepcion and Don Mariano.

MisOcc falls under Type IV of the Corona Climate Classification System, which means that it has even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.

The towns of Aloran, Panaon, Sinacaban, Tudela, Lopez Jaena, Jimenez, Clarin and Baliangao and the cities of Ozamiz and Oroquieta are identified to have their own susceptibility to flooding, storm surge and landslides.

This summit aims to highlight the LCEs roles and responsibilities and enhance their capacities on the DRRM system.

And it is an avenue for consultation as major challenges and gaps in the implementation of DRRM activities at the local level will be brought out during the summit.

The creation of the local DRRM Office and the signing of declaration on the strengthened commitment to DRRM by LCEs will be a major highlight of the summit, Cañeda said.

This is the fourth leg of Provincial DRRM summit series conducted in the region which is anchored on the theme, “Kaluwasan sa Katawhan, Katungdanan sa Tanan.”