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MOA signing slated for UNDP project

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (20 September) -- More than a dozen town Mayors from different municipalities in the province, including this city, are expected to be present at RK Kangleon Function House here today for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on a Community-based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS).

The occasion also serves as a culminating activity for a training and dry run of the said project in the same venue which started September 18.

Salvador Estudillo, Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), gave the overview at the start of the training, which focused more on capacity-building to address disaster problems in the barangay and municipal, city levels.

Estudillo said the entire name of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-assisted project is "Hazard Mapping and Assessment for an Effective Community-based Disaster Preparedness Management", covering the years 2006-2010, and his office served as the project's Executive Agency

This was shortened to UNDP READY Project, Estudillo explained, although the word "ready" is not an acronym where every letter bears meaning.

Southern Leyte province is one of the 27 calamity-prone provinces, out of the country's 82, which is a beneficiary of the said intervention from the United Nations that was coursed through the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), Estudillo said.

With the MOA signing, Estudillo hoped that the project can be integrated as a disaster management contingency in the development plan of the local government units.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Manny Gonzales of PAG-ASA-Maasin, one of the multi-agency participants of the READY project, said only the Mayors of Limasawa and Libagon will not be around for the MOA signing since these two LGUs were not installed with rain gauges and water-level gauges.

Gonzales said the training and dry run yesterday and today was the third and final batch of the series of training that they had, having finished with the same activity last week in the pacific and Panaon areas.

Participants of the latest training came from Macrohon, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, and Maasin, for a total of 31 individuals. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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