By LIZEL S. MACATANGAY
SAN FERNANDO, CamSur — With the Integrated Community Disaster Preparedness Project now in full swing at Barangays Marangi, Cotmo, Pinamasagan, Gnaran and Bical here, members of the monitoring team are also carefully monitoring the venture’s implementation to ensure that the program components are being properly carried out.
Last weekend, the DIPECHO Monitoring Team headed by Mr. Thearat Touch, DIPECHO assistant director for Southeast Asia; together with Emilio Terejeira, German Red Cross delegate, Patricia Escudero Renedo, Spanish Red Cross delegate and Victor de Leon, national project coordinator personally visited the project sites for their mid year monitoring and evaluation activity.
Ms. Nanette Rodrigazo, Philippine Red Cross Camarines Sur Chapter Administrator in an interview said that the project is simultaneously being implemented in ten barangays of San Fernando and Garchitorena.
“These barangays were chosen as recipients of the Disaster Preparedness Program attached and funded by the Department of the European Community Humanitarian Office or DIPECHO through the consortium of the German Red Cross and the Spanish Red Cross.”
The 15-month project aims to reduce the risks of natural disasters like typhoon and flood and help the constituents of the affected barangays to be resilient in dealing with the results of these catastrophes.
The project also aims to strengthen the capacity of local communities to manage and reduce the risks caused by natural disasters, increase the awareness of the schools on hazards and advocate the integration of DRR in the school curriculum; and strengthen coordination and cooperation between local communities, LGUs and Philippine Red Cross thru strengthening of local Disaster Management (DM) structures.
The project intervention includes organization, training, provision of equipment and mobilization of Barangay Disaster Action Team (BDATs); hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessment; support to small-scale mitigation project; hazard mapping and information-education-communication campaign.
Providing support to the project aside from the main donor which is DIPECHO are the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, the Local Governemnt Units of San Fernando and Garchitorena , the German Red Cross and the Spanish Red Cross.