The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) of De La Salle University (DLSU) conducted a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CBDRRM) Training in Brgys Bungahan and San Diego, both located within the Municipality of Lian Batangas. These sessions were in coordination with Lian Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and their respective Sangguniang Barangays.
The C-B DRRM training in Brgy Bungahan was spearheaded by Ms. Isabel Lanada, DRR Project Technical Facilitator. It was held last 9 April 2011 at the Bungahan Elementary School and participated in by fifty six leaders and members of the BDRRMC led by Mr. Antonio Lainez Jr., their Brgy Captain. The session focused on DRR module one which discussed among others the basic concepts in Disaster Management such as Vulnerabilities, Hazards and Capacities. Highlight of the activity is the drafting of their own community map with the corresponding Risks as well as Vulnerabilities. By the end of the one day training, most participants suggested to have the project continue DRRM capacity building activities in the community such as drills, trainings, information gathering and dissemination campaigns.
The second CBDRRM session was held last April 11 and 12, 2011 at Brgy San Diego. The participants led by Mr. Jose Cabadin, San Diego Brgy Captain, listened intently to the modules provided by Ms. Lanada and were even able to articulate their suggestions to the DRR process for their brgy. These include the issuance of the necessary Brgy Ordinance establishing the BDRRMC, the holding of a community based disaster management planning, the conduct of a Brgy wide DRR information dissemination campaign, and allocation of five percent of the Internal Revenue Allocation of the Brgy for disaster management activities.
One notable suggestion made by the participants of the DRR session in Brgy San Diego was the need to have several DRR documents translated from English to popular Pilipino for easier comprehension by the readers. These articles include: the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Republic Act 10121 (DRRM Law of 2010).
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Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
National Capital Region