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61 Bacolod barangays to draft new disaster management plan

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Using a new template, some 61 barangays in Bacolod City are hard at work to draft their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plans (BDRRMPs).

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office OIC Dondon Parandas issued a copy of the template during a quarterly meeting in Bacolod City.

Parandas said the city disaster personnel will provide copies of the template to the barangay councils starting July 2.

He said the CDRRMO checks the disaster management plan of the barangay to see if it is appropriate in addressing their particular situation.

“We assist and advise them. Once the plan is approved, we issue a certification and then they can use the calamity fund,” he added.

Before, he said the CDRRMO used a temporary template to help barangays plan on how to use their calamity fund, but some barangays still failed to submit their plans.

Under Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010, at least five percent of the barangay’s annual revenue should be allocated as calamity funds.

It is used to support disaster risk management activities such as pre-disaster preparedness programs, including training and purchase of life-saving rescue equipment, supplies, and medicines; for post-disaster activities, and for payment of premiums on calamity insurance.

Ma. Aletha Nogra, acting chief of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division of the Office of Civil Defense-Western Visayas, said the barangay chairperson should initiate the drafting of the plan.