The provincial government of Isabela partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to develop an integrated provincial disaster risk reduction management plan.
Atty. Noel Lopez, administrator of the Province of Isabela, said in a statement that the formulation of PDRRMP would help integrate various efforts conducted within the province, particularly the disaster risk reduction and management in adherence to Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.
“The plan is expected to prepare the provincial profile, identify hazards, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges (SWOC), and clarify the role of each agency during times of disaster,” Lopez said.
The official added that the PDRRMP aims to translate various manuals, including the National Irrigation Administration’s (NIA) Flood Forecasting and Warning System Manual for Magat Dam, into the provincial context. JICA had earlier supported the creation of the said manual.
While the province has a plan with the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), Lopez said it has not been updated yet based on the concept of DRRM.
He noted that while disaster response is one of the province’s strengths, they are still faced with limitations.
The provincial government, he added, is enthusiastic to have the support of JICA, an agency with vast experience in the work of DRRM. With the creation of an integrated PDRRMP, Isabela is looking forward to maximize its own DRRM work.
On July 23-24, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region II and JICA held a workshop to formulate the PDRRMDP. The two-day workshop gathered former participants of various disaster risk-related agencies and municipalities as part of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Capacity Enhancement Project.
The participants will meet again next month after examining the effect of the workshop on each agency. They will then compile all the DRRM works in the provincial level to complete the integrated PDRRMP.