Disaster contingency planning for disaster councils held in Camarines Norte
by RB Manlangit
Daet, Camarines Norte (19 September) -- A three-day training workshop on disaster contingency planning was conducted for the members of the Camarines Norte Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council and the various Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils of the province's 12 towns.
Held September 12-14 at the Provincial Capitol here, the training entitled "Strengthening Disaster Preparedness at Local Levels and Contingency Planning Workshop" was sponsored by the Public Safety Emergency Management Office (PSEMO) in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
Jason Aragon, Training Officer of OCD Bicol, said Camarines Norte is the first among the Bicol provinces in the conduct of a workshop on the latest and updated strategy in disaster contingency planning.
Aragon said that contingency planning is aimed at giving attention to persons displaced by calamities. "Whenever people are displaced, the right to live with dignity is lessen or sometimes lost."
He explained that contingency planning is hazard specific and forecasts scenarios. "It is very important and should be done with partner agencies working together and it should be practiced and revised if necessary."
Other topics discussed at the workshop include: brief orientation on Child Friendly Movement (CFM) of the Sixth Country Programme for Children, core commitment for children in emergencies; structure of the PDCC, assessment of the functionality of the PDCC; disaster management system in the Philippines, damage assessment and needs analysis; hazard identification and risk analysis, contingency planning purpose and people, hazard analysis and risk reduction strategies, scenario generation, gap charting based on priority needs, sectoral planning and forward planning. (PIA Cams. Norte) [top]