Bohol OKs P108.9-M disaster preparedness, response budget

Published March 10, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Minerva Bc Newman

Cebu City – The Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Bohol approved more than P32.9 million as additional funding for the province’s disaster quick response activities, on top of the existing P76 million budget.

PDRRMC Action Officer Anthony Damalerio presented the breakdown of the budget with 70 allocated for pre-disaster prevention and mitigation while the remaining 30 percent are for preparedness, response and post-disaster rehabilitation.

Damalerio said local climate change action plan, information and education campaigns, local disaster risk reduction management plans and the conduct of vulnerability and risk assessment activities, orientation and safety/health accreditation policy standards for tourism-based facilities and programs are being funded for this year.

According to Damalerio, the biggest chunk of the pre-disaster budget is the support to the provincial fire alarms, radio and emergency rescue disaster systems and the procurement of a resettlement lot for Maribojoc dwellers whose homes are close to shores within reach of rising tides.

Capacity building programs such as trainings of barangay officials and local emergency responders, critical incidents/stress de-briefing training workshops, search, rescue and retrieval operations and other disaster-based skills are also covered by the budget, Damalerio added.

TaRSIER, one of the vital disaster-response and rescue platform in Bohol, will likewise get a boost through skills upgrading and further training of responders of PDRRMO-TarSIER Tagbilaran and its substations in Ubay, Jagna, Carmen, Loon and other volunteers.

The Bohol PDRRMC allocated R50,000 for the establishment of a TaRSIER substation in Loon, while some R75,000 goes to the trainings on the standard requirement for disaster resilient buildings for municipal engineers and the completion of the PDRRMC-Command Center equipped with communications and integrated fire alarm systems.