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NDCC's 'READY' project draws from 'REINA'

By Rebecca Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (22 September) -- At least 27 provinces throughout the country will be covered under the High Risk Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community disaster Risk Management (READY) project of the Government of the Philippines (GOP) from 2001 - 2010. The province of Southern Leyte which was highlighted in the year 2006 because of the Guinsaugon tragedy was presented by the National Disaster Coordinating Council led by its Executive Officer Glenn Rabonza recently at the Provincial Capitol here.

READY which connotes action towards preparedness in terms of national disaster is a project that serves as a platform to coordinate donors and activities on disaster risk reduction and was drawn from the Real, Infanta and Gen. Nakar (REINA) experience because it was found to be good and effective. NDCC-GOP proposed a Php118.98 million budget for this project.

REINA, a United Nations Development Project UNDP) became a model of replication. It is a community based strategy which involves multi-agency and multi-hazard approach. REINA experience also proved that NDCC don't need to hire foreign consultants since there are existing local experts, geologists and scientists from Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB), as the team presented during a meeting held recently with Philvocs, Pag-asa, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) representatives and Provincial Disaster Coordinating council members throughout the province.

Some characteristics of REINA project mentioned were frequent dialogues and communication, strong overall leadership, strong administrative support from top management of the implementing agency, strong sense of professionalism and dedication of project members, leaders, LGUs and NGOs partners and lastly, project leaders cooperation and commitments.

The implementation strategy of READY project that were drawn from REINA experience were: multi-agency participation like (OCD), Philvocs, Pag-asa, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and MGB-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); strong link with the local provincial government , municipal and barangay level; touched base with regional offices and; memorandum of agreement/understanding to be drawn up at various stages of the project implementation to get LGU commitments. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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