OCD offers disaster management trainings to LGUs
By: Oliver T. Baccay
Monday 3rd of February 2014

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - - To capacitate Local Government Units (LGUs) on disaster management, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here has offered several disaster management related trainings to disaster managers and frontliners.


Regional Director Norma Talosig said they are ready to assist LGUs in capacitating their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) members as well as response team members through counterparting scheme.


She said parts of the trainings they can offer is the contingency planning for emergencies, conduct of rapid damage assessment and needs analysis, basic incident command system, community based risk assessment, simulation exercises, and community based DRRM.


Other than these, OCD can also assist LGUs in the conduct of different drills and exercises to include earthquake, tsunami and flood drills. On skills trainings, the agency is willing to train the rescue team members on water and mountain search and rescue.


 “These are the trainings that the disaster managers need to strengthen further their capabilities in responding to any kind of disaster that they might encounter anytime. We should always remember that disasters are unpredictable, they may come and happen anytime and anywhere, so we must be always prepared to ensure safety of the public and attain zero casualty,” Talosig stated.


She also stated that they can also assist LGUs in the formulation of their local disaster risk reduction and management plan realizing the importance of a plan for different specific disasters that an LGU may experience.


Talosig also stressed DRRM plan must be crafted carefully as it serves as the guide of the local officials in implementing the disaster law which include all activities to be conducted in line with the four pillars of disaster risk reduction and management; preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. (ALM/OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

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