March 21, 2022
In the series of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaigns on Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) conducted on March 15-18, 2022 in some municipalities of Northern Samar, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. VIII through its Geosciences Division, highlighted the importance of incorporating the output of VRA in their Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (MDRRMP).
During the IEC campaigns, the IEC team observed that the present plans of the LGUs such as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and DRRMP are considered risk-sensitive. In the said plans, highly exposed areas were already identified and are closely monitored during inclement weather conditions with contingency plans already in place in case of a particular hazard.
IEC Team Leader Rodrigo Jay Miralles likewise shared that most of their participants were well-aware of their functions and mandates in the event or occurrence of a disaster or natural hazards with the MDRRMO at the forefront during such times.
“Still, we agreed that contingency plans should always be revisited and additional outputs such as the VRA maps should be incorporated for its improvement,” Geologist Miralles said.
The IEC-VRA is a one-day training workshop that includes lectures regarding the history of National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Project (NGMAP), Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, the methodologies for the conduct of such projects and outputs produced.
Participants included at least one representative mainly from MDRRMO, Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and Municipal Local Government Operations Office (MLGOO). Other participants were from Municipal Health Office, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Department of Education.