IIRR hails the committment of thirty Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMCs) in the Municipality of Naic, Cavite, Philippines to prioritize Disaster RiskReduction (DRR) in their respective barangays within 2011!
Mayor Edwina Mendoza of Naic, Cavite asserted that building resilience is one of the primary roles of the barangay local government units. She stressed that all barangays need to set up structures, mechanisms and systems to deal with the impacts of disaster and climate risks. Mendoza also emphasized that independence among the barangay units is key to a successful Disaster Risk Reduction program.
This formal commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction was among the results of the Capacity Building Training on Disaster Risk Reduction conducted August 3-4, 2011 in Poblete Farm, Naic. The two-day training was facilitated by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and the members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Naic, Cavite. The 30 barangays that participated in the training consisted of coastal, upland and poblacion clusters.
Barangay Committees’ participants were provided in-depth training on the policy and legislative aspects of Disaster RIsk Reduction including the Hyogo Framework for Action, salient points of Republic Act 10121, which included the roles of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils & Offices, and the nature and utilization of a Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.
Additionally, the Barangay officials were taught how to conduct effective Disaster Risk Assessments and Analyses (DRAA) through hands-on exercises identifying actual hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities of their local communities. The hazards identified during the Assessment and Analysis included Black Bug infestation in the rice fields, fires, floods, sea surges, and typhoons. The results were then translated into Community Disaster Risk Reduction Plans which will form the basis for the Barangay Level Plans for Government Fund allocation.
*Barangay is the Filipino term for village. It is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines.
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