DILG to provide incentives to LGUs with best disaster plan framework

DILG to provide incentives to LGUs with best disaster plan framework

By Carlito C. Dar, Tuesday 17th of July 2012

BAGUIO CITY, July 17 (PIA) - - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) rolled out here, Monday, the Seal for Disaster Preparedness, which will be bestowed to local government units (LGUs) with the best Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework.

The ceremonial unfurling of the Seal of Disaster Preparedness logo was spearheaded by DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero and assisted by Regional Development Council co-chairman Dr. Virgilio Bautista, DILG regional director John Castañeda, Baguio City Congressman Bernardo Vergara, and Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Cordillera leg of DILG’s "Tapatan Roadshow on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation" held at the Hotel Supreme here.

The Tapatan Roadshow, which has been going the rounds in the country, is in response to President Aquino’s call to strengthen the capability of LGUs on disaster preparedness and as a venue for a face-to-face consultation with the different local chief executives on DRMM issues.

In the message of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, he sidd the Seal of Disaster Preparedness is part of the good governance framework of the Aquino administration, which not only aims to put a uniform standard of good performance for the different LGUs in the country, but also to give an incentive for compliance.

The Seal of Disaster Preparedness will initially focus on flood-prone provinces, cities, and municipalities nationwide and will involve assessments on both the institutional and operational capacity of an LGU.

Rene Valera of DILG-CAR, said that there will be two level of assessment for the seal – one for preparedness which involves creation of local DRRM council, DRRM office, and preparations of DRRM framework and contingency plans, and other disaster preparedness-related efforts.

The second level of assessment is the evaluation on the LGUs' actual disaster preparedness and response.

According to Valera, as per the report of the Mines and Geo-Science Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-MGB), there are 22 flood-prone LGUs here in the region which can be covered by the Seal. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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