Disaster body scales up DRRM, contingency plans

Underscoring the importance of a more resilient community in times of disasters, and community well aware of their safety and security, the enhancement of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council Plan including the operational plan for Misamis Oriental is in the offing.

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PDRRMO’s Henry Floy P. Francisco said during the Provincial DRRM second quarter Full Council Meeting presided over by Executive Officer Fernando Vincent Q. Dy Jr, that the provincial DRRM plan, which will be anchored on the National DRRM Plan and framework, will be the province’s guide on DRRM in all of the four thematic areas for the next years.

 

PDRRMC likewise agreed to enhance the contingency plan which will be hazard specific.

 

In the same meeting, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) presented some updates on the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) as it scaled up the assessment criteria with the inclusion of peace and order as one of the core areas.

 

In SGLG 2017’s ‘4+1’ assessment criteria, local government units (LGUs) must pass the four core areas and at least one essential area either Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Environmental Protection.

 

SGLG is guided by the provisions of the Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the General Appropriations Act of 2017 and Administrative Order No. 267 of 1992. Validation for Misamis Oriental is set on June 1-2.

 

Completing the PDRRMC second quarter meeting agenda were the discussion for the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) celebration in July, weather situation and update for the period covering May to July 2017 among others.

 

For his part, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Mindanao chief Anthony Lucero said that Southwesterly windflow has been dominant over the West Philippine Sea for several days now.

 

This, he said, is due to the formation of semi-permanent trough over Northern Luzon-Taiwan area and the eastward migration of the North Pacific High Pressure Area which are the prominent indicators of the southwest monsoon onset in the country.

 

The prevailing weather condition in most parts of Luzon and Visayas particularly the western section is now warm and humid as characterized by occasional to frequent occurrences of afternoon-evening or early morning rainshowers and thunderstorms. These developments signify the approaching onset of rainy season under Type 1 climate covering the western parts of Luzon and Visayas.

 

It is expected that during the remaining days of May light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms will prevail. However, it may be followed by short dry period called monsoon break. Occasional to frequent rains and thunderstorms in most parts of Luzon and Visayas will be experienced in the coming months due to southwest monsoon activity, said Lucero.

 

Meanwhile, Dy echoed the message of Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano for the council during the meeting saying, “It is not only enough for the council to be there for the people during emergencies and calamities but to make sure that people are always safe and away from harm’s way. Collaboration is necessary for a more effective and efficient DRRM in the province. We are to link arms together for us to achieve our common goal.”

 

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