DOST, Bataan to boost “Disaster imagination capabilities”

    The same disaster program is being initiated by the provincial government of Bataan in its bid to strengthen its disaster response capabilities in times of emergencies and natural calamities.

   Provincial Engineer Enrico Yuzon, chief of Bataan Engineering Office, said that Governor Abet S. Garcia has already given marching orders for them to launch the “Incident Command System Training” this month of March to upgrade the rescue council regarding the effectiveness of response council during calamities.

   Speaking at 104.7FM local radio based in Balanga City Bataan, Engr. Yuzon, who is also a Lt. Colonel (reserve in AFP), pointed out that they plan to establish disaster management office in every town and city in Bataan, saying they are now getting in touch with the respective local government units to form it.

   Yuzon, who is also the Action officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,  added that Gov. Garcia continued without let up in making ways how to further assist the public in times of calamities.

   “By using this, our local chief executives and disaster managers can think and act two steps forward by anticipating-using scientific data- the potential of a hazard to wreak havoc in communities,” Secretary and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Vice Chair for Mitigation Mario Montejo said during the “Iba Na Ang Panahon-Science for Safer Communities” workshop that was held in Clark Free port.

   “Let’s take a scenario for public storm warning signals. We hope that warnings issued by our agencies will instantly trigger the disaster imagination of people in a way that a Public Storm Signal No.3 or No.4 will prompt early action among the community to adopt action plans such as pre-emptive evacuation or staying in areas identified as disaster-safe zones,” Montejo added.

   The two-day workshop featured plenary sessions that discussed the hydro meteorological and geological hazards in Central Luzon, including Bataan,  as well as an overview of DOST’s National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) and Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) projects and Office of Civil Defense’s Disaster Information for Nationwide Awareness (DINA) drive.

   Breakout sessions complemented those discussions where local chief executives and their respective disaster managers from the seven provinces of Central Luzon visualized the catastrophic impact of dangers based on the vulnerabilities of the location and population as stated in the information given by the high-resolution multi-hazard maps.

   “Each municipality, city, province and region has distinct landscapes and vulnerabilities. Through this workshop, we hope to learn from each other on how to spur better teamwork among the national government, LGUs and communities because disaster risk reduction strategy calls for us to work together,” Montejo stressed.

   “We envision to cover the end-to-end process for science-based and scenario-driven community disaster preparedness from early warning and early action to achieve minimum loss and establish quick recovery post disaster,”

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