DILG, OCD Strengthen Contingency Planning Capacity of Cordillera LGUs

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) opened here on Tuesday the Contingency Planning Workshop for Cordillera local government units-first batch in line with their goal of ensuring climate change adaptive and disaster resilient communities.

The three-day workshop was attended by disaster risk reduction and management officers and stakeholders from the municipalities of La Paz, Tayum and Luba in Abra; Itogon and Atok in Benguet, and Bontoc and Tadian in Mountain Province.

DILG Regional Director John Castañeda said the event aims to assist LGU participants on the formulation or updating of contingency plans for possible disaster risks or hazards in their respective localities and for them to practice what they have learned from their previous training on Geographic Information System (GIS) for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Vulnerability Reduction.

OCD Regional Director Andrew Uy thanked DILG for coming up with such activity as preparation of contingency plan compared to DRRM plan, will provide LGUs an effective action and judicious mobilization of resources in response to specific type of disaster or emergency. He also emphasized the importance of continuously developing the skills of local leaders or DRRM officers in formulating contingency plans in ensuring a climate change adaptive and disaster resilient communities in Cordillera.

For the training, participants were provided a presentation on GIS for disaster preparedness and response, and an orientation on Contingency Planning Format and Cluster Approach.

The participants were also enjoined on contingency plan formulation which include Scanning the Environment, Generating a Scenario, Setting of Goals and Objectives, Identification of Gaps and Activities, Arranging Response System and Action, and Forward Planning.

Another batch of Cordillera LGUs are set to undergo the same activity this coming week. - PIA

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