In Northern Samar

CATARMAN, Northern Samar- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-8) conducted a post-incident evaluation (PIE) workshop for tropical depression “Usman” on February 6, 2019 at the Governor’s Residence, this town.
Among present during the activity were OCD-Assistant Regional Director Rey Gozon, representing Regional Director Henry Anthony Torres, Governor Jose Ong, Vice Governor Gary Lavin, and representatives from some members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Northern Samar such as MLGUs, provincial government offices, uniformed personnel, and search and rescue teams, with the special participation of Calbayog Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
The PIE workshop aimed to identify and correct weaknesses, as well as determine strengths which is an important component of disaster recovery planning as it supports program enhancement by applying lessons learned from the incident.
“Mas mainam na maging handa na tayo ngayon pa lang dahil hindi maiiwasan na dadaan pa tayo ulit sa mga bagyong tulad ni Usman,” Gozon said.
Gov. Ong and Vice Gov. Lavin were both glad that the evaluation was conducted by the OCD.
“I commend the OCD for initiating this activity. We hope that we will become more prepared as we encounter disasters which are becoming stronger and more dangerous,” the governor said.
“Nalilipay ako nga nagkamay-ada kita sini nga activity. Importante nga magburublig kita nga mga Nortehanon pag may naabot sin sugad sini nga mga kalamidad. [I am happy that we have this kind of activity. It is very important that we, Nortehanons, help each other in times of calamity],” Vice Gov.Lavin said.
According to Gozon, recommendations made after the workshop will be transmitted to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG0 for further study and possible application on future disasters and calamities.
This is the first time that the regional office of the OCD facilitated a post-incident evaluation which is an initiative of Director Torres and was patterned after the DOH’s PIE.
(JHON ALLEN BERBON, Provincial Information Office)