Office of Civil Defense Conducts 3-Day Contingency Planning Workshop at Alindahaw Lakeview
“History repeats itself”, this was stated by Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Meriline Locson in an interview. She disclosed that it was projected based on the climate change, that the expectancy of the size of the wave that hit the City of Pagadian, if the tsunami will happen again, will be tripled from the 7 meters on the year 1976. This is the reason why Governor Antonio H. Cerilles is very serious in looking into this matter.
The Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur in response to the mandate of the law under RA 10121 has conducted Contingency Planning Workshop. The said contingency planning has a huge importance according to Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Meriline Locson. In the contingency plan, the number of people to be rescued and who will go first in the area in a worst case scenario will be determined.
A contingency plan is a process of disaster preparedness planning. It focuses on certain events or risks, such as earthquakes or floods, at a local, national or regional level. The plans include, amongst other things, operational concepts and resource assessments.
Disaster preparedness planning includes the identification of risks, vulnerabilities, possibilities of influence, organizational resources and capacity, division of responsibilities, developing practices and processes as well as implementing an action plan to have the best possible preparedness in case of disaster.
RA 10121 defines Preparedness as the “knowledge and capacities developed by governments, professional response and recovery organizations, communities and individuals to effectively anticipate, respond to, and recover from, the impacts of likely,imminent or current hazard events or conditions.”
The province is already capacitated and ready for possible calamities, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Francisco Maca Jr. said in an interview. Evident to this are the heavy equipment that the province has bought to be used in times of landslide, water tanks, and other equipment to be used whenever disaster struck. The Provincial Sports Complex will also be considered as evacuation center if there will be a disaster or calamities that will hit the province.
PDRRMO Francisco also divulged that the Provincial Governor is planning on having a Disaster Village where the victims of disasters will be placed. The province also is planning on entering into an agreement through a Memorandum of Agreement or MOA with Best Emporium – for the goods, Rose Pharmacy – for the medicine, and Gamalinda Funeral Home – for the casualties of the disaster.