Friday, September 21, 2012

Gandara barangays train on increasing resilience of communities to disaster

Ninfa Iluminda B. Quirante in the Philippine Information Agency:  Plan International with partners has given 10 Gandara barangays more focus on disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation skills to increase communities’ resilience to disaster.

Barangay folks and officials from Barangays Tambongan, Natimonan, Concepcion, Nacobe, Tagnao, Catorse de Agosto, Casab-ahan, San Agustin, Sto Nino, and Pizarro learned today about Building Capacity of Local Governments and Civil Societies and Communities on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

These barangays have functional Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMC), according to Catorse de Agosto Barangay Captain Charlon Piczon.  But disaster preparedness was more detailed as resource speakers brought in by Plan International started to present the duties and responsibilities of the local DRRMC.

These barangays have occasionally been flooded as the Gandara River tends to swell and overflow inundating homes and farmlands.  Most of these barangays have settled in the riverbanks.

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer (MDRRMO) Maximo Arcos is quick to say that no casualty has been recorded despite the frequent flooding.  But Plan International and partners Oxfam, Care, Christian Aid (CA), Handicap International, and Action Against Hunger would not want to risk children experiencing the horrors of flooding.

“Finding long-term solutions to build resiliency among these poor people in high-risk communities has been the objective of the partners and Plan International,” according to a statement from Program Unit Manager Fe Montano....

A street in Tarangnan, on the Philippine island of Samar, shot by Mjdspider, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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