NDRRMC equips 144 LGUs with science-based disaster planning system – Manila Bulletin

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced on Tuesday, March 22 that it has recently supported 144 Local Government Units (LGUs) to upgrade their contingency plans through the integration of accurate data , risk maps and risk assessments.

(Courtesy of NDRRMC)

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the executing agency of the NDRRMC, recently hosted the fourth series of “Coaching Sessions: GeoRiskPH-informed LDRRMP”, a comprehensive, science-based capacity building training program where managers of participating local governments updated their Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plans (LDRRMP).

The coaching sessions, held from December 2021 to March 2022, brought together more than 399 LDRRM agents, planners and implementers nationwide, according to the NDRRMC.

The event was led by OCD in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the World Bank (WB) to serve as a platform for LGUs to review their LDRRMPs using the data GeoRiskPH and to realign their plans with the new National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP 2020-2030).

“We want to help our LGUs update and upgrade their LDRRMPs to move towards risk reduction. We want to proactively reduce risk and not just react and manage disasters that come our way,” said Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Executive Director of NDRRMC and Trustee of OCD.

In 2021, the NDRRMC issued Memorandum No. 38, Art. 2021 to reiterate LGUs’ use of GeoRiskPH data for local DRRM planning.

GeoRiskPH is envisioned to be the Philippines’ central source of information for accurate and effective hazard and risk assessment to help people, communities, LGUs and national government agencies prepare for and plan for mitigation. risks related to natural hazards and to increase the resilience of the nation.

It was led by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), funded by DOST and monitored by the Philippine Council for Research and Development of Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies (PCIEERD) from 2018 to 2020. It is now institutionalized in the DOST-PHIVOLCS.

Jalad encouraged local DRRM councils to use the platform’s HazardHunterPH, GeoAnalyticsPH and GeoMapperPH to ensure physical planning and policy-making based on science, evidence and risk.

Through the coaching sessions, OCD and DOST helped local government technical staff learn how to use the innovative and collaborative platform.

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