TACLOBAN CITY — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez have lined up several activities for the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month. Several Disaster Drills in the City Barangays will be conducted for the whole month of July.
The CDRRMC will have the following activities on July 16 to 17, and July 18 to 19: orientation and simultaneous earthquake, fire, landslide and evacuations drills at Northern Tacloban City National High School (TCNHS), and Marasbaras Elementary School. Drills will also be conducted on July 30-31 and August 1 and 2 at Sagkahan National High School and Manlurip Elementary School.
From July 22 to 27 a Regional Rescue Jamboree will be hosted by the local government of Tacloban at Baluarte Beach Resort. Disaster Risk Reduction Councils from different local government units and disaster responders will participate in the event that will highlight the following training and activities: mountain search and rescue, water search and rescue, high angle search and rescue, mangrove tree planting and clean-up drives in selected areas in the city.
Meantime on Monday, July 9, the CDRRMC, along with other line offices of the city government participated in the pre-testing activity of the Revised Disaster Preparedness Manual at the Department of Interior and Local Government Conference Room organized by the Local Government Academy.
The manual aptly named “Operation Listo” was formulated in 2014 by the DILG and had its first rollout in 2016. The manual is intended for use by the local government units in the preparation of disaster preparedness plans.
Recently, the manual was enhanced to include a consolidated preparedness checklist.
A simulation exercise highlighted the pre-testing activity which was aimed at assessing the usability of the manual and gather feedback on how to improve its content and implementation strategies.
The activities are geared towards learned vigilance, people’s readiness, and community preparedness against any disaster contingency. The theme of this year’s observance is “Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan.” (CITY INFORMATION OFFICE)