Butuan City prepares for disaster
by Lovely Laudette Gamba
Butuan City (31 January) -- A better, more focused and responsive plan for disaster management was drafted by a pool of technical people during the Seminar Workshop of the City Disaster Mitigation Plan (CDMP) Development recently under the auspices of the City Mayor's Office.
The said plan will be the blueprint of the government and other concerned agencies when dealing with disasters in the city.
To make the plan more focused and responsive, different plans were prepared for each category of disasters. These include individual plans for flood and La Niņa, fire, earthquake and possibly tsunami, were designed while still a separate plan for armed and social conflict was also developed.
The lead agency for each category has also been identified as follows: for CSWD, Flood and Typhoon/La Niņa/Landslides; City Fire Department, Fire and Earthquake; Philippine National Police, Armed and Social Conflict; City Agriculture Office, El Niņo/Agricultural Pests Outbreak; City Health Office, Outbreak of Diseases and for Coast Guard, Air and Maritime disasters.
Experiences and lessons learned from past disasters were presented for the participants to gain insights from and guide their respective disaster plans accordingly.
Issues and concerns raised were also discussed so that these can be properly addressed by the agencies concerned. Among these were the friction-provoking issue on turf at the absence of a permanent City Disaster Operation Center. The absence of an operation center results into difficulty for people to identify where to go or whom to approach in cases of diasaters or if they want to volunteer their services. The ever-pervading problem of lack of funds was also discussed.
Other inputs were geographical hazards of Butuan presented by Engr. Romeo Daludado, Chief, Geology Division of Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau., the role of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and that of Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
The NFA representative also cited the need for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the LGU of Butuan and the NFA for LGU to be able to procure rice immediately when calamity strike.
The draft CMDP will further be fine-tuned for the approval of City Mayor Democrito Plaza as Chair of CDCC. (PIA 13) [top]