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OCD 12 bares 2013 accomplishments of sub-committees

Published on 24 February 2014 Philippines

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 10 (PIA)—The Office of Civil Defense (OCD 12) recently revealed significant accomplishments its sub-committees have achieved last year in line with the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA).

Information officer designate Janilyn Bartolome said that under the Prevention and Mitigation Committee headed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), 4 automated weather station devices, 9 water level monitoring devices as well as 26 automated rain gauges devices were installed in different parts of SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

“The installation of the said devices is in line with Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards). Most of the devices were installed in parts of the region mostly affected with bad weather condition,” Bartolome noted.

Under the Preparedness Committee through the leadership of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), various trainings on disaster risk reduction and management and disaster preparedness and response were conducted.

“Aside from the trainings, daily weather advisories, bulletins and DRRM related issues were disseminated to local government units,” the information officer stated.

Meanwhile, under the Response Committee through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Bartolome said that augmentation support both food and non-food items were provided to families affected by natural and human-induced disasters.

Further, Cash for Work Program for Internally Displaced Persons particularly in North Cotabato and General Santos City was implemented.

On the other hand, under the Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee headed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) enhanced Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFP) of the four provinces of Region 12 were finalized.

Bartolome also said that through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) leading the Communication Committee, different press releases involving mitigation and prevention components of DRRM were produced, disseminated as well as broadcasted.

Also, various news were communicated through short messaging system.

With these accomplishments, Bartolome noted that OCD 12 is strengthening its effort in serving the constituents of the region to address problems on disasters risk reduction and climate change adaptation. (SJDuerme-PIA12)

Source: Philippine Information Agency | 10 February 2014