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Strengthening multi-hazards awareness in Navotas City PDF Print
Friday, 28 February 2014 21:10

“Opportunity to learn.” This is what Honorable Mayor John Reynald M Tiangco of Navotas City, highlighted during his opening remarks at the 1-day seminar to present the results of the multi-hazards mapping and risk analysis conducted under the AusAID-funded projects Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/ Climate Risk Management towards sustainable development (GMMA-READY) and Risk Analysis Project (RAP). The seminar was conducted in partnership with the City of Muntinlupa on 28 February at the Palaisdaan Hall, Navotas City. Mayor Tiangco further reminded the participants, mostly representatives from the 14 barangays and DRRM Office to listen, take note of significant information, and ask questions to ensure that they  learn about the details of what to expect in the event of occurrence of any of these expected hazards. Mayor Tiangco recognized the importance of repeating and disseminating these hazards information to their constituents in the barangay.  This is to ensure that communities are conscious to prepare for the different possible events.

As what PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bart Bautista discussed, preparedness is a very challenging process that needs strong commitment of the local leaders. Director Bautista also narrated how the five (5) national government agencies, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and National Mapping Resources Information Agency (NAMRIA), Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) worked together  in this project to produce the hazard maps that will be used by the LGUs in their planning. Together with the Navotas City, our common goal is to make Navotas City safe from possible future natural hazardous event whether hyrometeorological or geological in nature.

The seminar-workshop aimed to further strengthen the awareness of Navotas City, and be able to enhance their existing DRRM Plan by integrating the additional information from the two projects into the plan. The program focused on the familiarization of the various geologic and hydrometeorological hazards maps. The seminar was attended in full force by officials from Navotas City DRRMO and representatives from the different departments, the 14 barangays, DepEd and schools representatives, rescue volunteers among others. A total of 86  participants attended the seminar. This joint GMMA-READY and RAP activity is supported by the Australian Aid Program (AusAID) thru the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).