Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Phillipine city allocates funds for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation

R.G. Cadavos in Philippine Information Agency: In an emergency meeting held during the height of tsunami alert in Japan, the [Maasin] City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) appropriated funds for a 1-year term plan to ensure the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the city development plans and programs.

During the meeting that was presided over by CDRRMC Chairman Mayor Maloney Samaco Friday, the body appropriated a total of P16, 518,797.57 to be taken from the city’s annual calamity fund worth P16,508,798.58.

The allocated annual budget for disaster purposes were divided in two parts. A 30% 1 year term plan for fuel and equipment rental, purchase of food, medicines and construction materials, among other miscellaneous expenses.

While the 70% is appropriated for the following activities: Training for the rescue teams like basic first aid and basic life support, water safety, rappelling , and the like; construction of evacuation center and other mitigating structures; Barangay DRRM seminar in barangays; conduct of regular meetings, evacuation drills at the barangay and city levels, the purchase of equipment for rescue, rehabilitation and medical for public health services and control measures, among other activities to be undertaken in times of disaster….

Locator map of Maasin in the Philippines by Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee ), Wikimedia Commons,under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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