Members of the Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Committee (DMPC) discuss the plans and activities for 2017. Mr. Eric Colmenares of DOST Caraga acted as the moderator of the discussion.
“Harmonization to avoid confusion. We should have one data set on vulnerability assessment.”
Ms. Grace C. Harting of NEDA explained the need to harmonize these vulnerability tools in the recently conducted Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Committee (DPMC) Meeting on December 13, 2016 at Red Palm Suites and Restaurants in Butuan City.
She highlighted the essence of harmonization since many agencies use different terminologies in assessing vulnerability. It could create confusion among agencies and prospect clients in the community. She also shared the four major differences that agencies possess: Use and Application of Terminologies, Operational Definition and Application of Risks and Vulnerability, Parameters and Scoring System and Approaches. Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each tool will allow the creation of a harmonized one and will consequently provide a sole basis during assessment.
Furthermore, the committee agreed to give time in the harmonization of vulnerability assessment tools in January, next year. This will be followed by risk profiling and updating of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) plan in Caraga.
The meeting was attended by members of the region’s DPMC (DOH, AFP, PNP, DA, NEDA, DOST), organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga and spearheaded by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).
DRRM Aspects and Structure
The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) mainly has four aspects: Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery and Rehabilitation. Each of these are under the management of four agencies, with the Office of the Civil Defense as the Chairperson.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
- DISASTER RESPONSE
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
- DISASTER PREVENTION AND MITIGATION
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
- DISASTER REHABILITATION AND RECOVERY
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)
- CABINET OFFICIALS
Department of Health
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Department of Education
Department of Agriculture
Department of Agrarian Reform
Department of Energy
Department of Finance
Department of Trade and Industry
Department of Transportation and Communications
Department of Budget and Management
Department of Public Works and Highways
Department of Foreign Affairs
Department of Justice
Department of Labor and Employment
Department of Tourism