PRIMRR HOLDS DRR CAPACITY BUILDING
SORSOGON Province – A four-day Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity building seminar-workshop was held in Gubat town here seeking to improve the skills and competence of the disaster managers for a sustainable DRR implementation in the local communities.
Governor Sally Lee said that the capacity building activity forms part of the 15-month project of Oxfam–Great Britain entitled “Safer and More Prepared Women and Men through a Permanent Disaster Risk Management Office” or Project PRIMRR (Provincial Readiness to Institutionalize and Mainstream Risk Reduction) which draws funding support from the 6th Action Plan of DIPECHO.
Lee stressed “this is also our effort to replicate the experience of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), now serving as model not only in Sorsogon but also among provinces of Pampanga, Saranggani and even abroad”.
She added that the project supports partnerships and collaborative undertakings on strategies that enable stakeholders, local communities and institutions develop capacities with the end view of building disaster resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to disaster.
Activities undertaken by the participants were capacity building orientation on DRR and application through demonstration of the skills and learning acquired from the resource speakers.
Lee said that the Disaster Risk Management Office (DRMO) staff/officers, provincial planning officers, representatives from target communities and local media partners were made to answer the DRR mainstreaming tool developed by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
“Participants are also taught of how to install, operate and read digital rain gauges which will soon be distributed to different barangays across the province,” she added.
The project is also supported by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), an international non-government organization through its Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO). (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)
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