The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), the social development unit of De La Salle University Manila with Local Government Units of Bagac, Bataan and Lian, Batangas recently conducted a capability building activity designed to enhance the LGU's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management knowledge and skills.
Local chief executives as well as their department heads from the pilot municipalities participated in the said activity last March 20-22, 2012 at the province of Albay. The activity was facilitated by Ms. Isabel Lanada from COSCA.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda and Legazpi Mayor Geraldine Rosal welcomed the 42 participants from Bagac and Lian. The CDRRMC officers of Legazpi City provided input on their DRRM practices. Relevant programs and approaches utilizing social networking platforms, alarm and early warning systems, organization of local Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Committees and field visits in hazard prone sites were shown and explained to the participants during the 4 day-activity.
By the end of the activity, officials of 2 pilot municipalities expressed the need to bring back to their communities learnings from the event. “Dapat talagang paghandaan at masistematize din sa aming munisipalidad” (there is a need to really prepare and systematize our tasks in our municipality) according to the Mayor of Lian, Batangas Mayor Osita P. Vergara.