Experts from the Japan Inter-Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Office of Civil Defense will provide technical support and guidance to the City Government of Dumaguete through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the formulation of an enhanced long-term Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan that aims to further reduce human casualties and economic losses caused by calamities and disasters.
City Administrator Lilani Ramon, City DRRM Officer Allen Froilan O. Cabaron II and other concerned officials recently convened with the representatives of OCD and JICA Keisuka Imada and Geraldine Santos for an initial consultation for the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Capacity Enhancement Program Phase II (DRRM-CEP 2) that aims to enhance the long-term DRRM Plan of Dumaguete City.
As part of LDRRMP formulation, a Damage and Loss Evaluation will be conducted by a team, which will prepare all the necessary materials and information including hazard maps, exposure data and replacement costs needed to calculate and provide analysis of the potential impacts and extent of damages from future disasters.
Dumaguete City has been identified as the pilot area for the assistance in the DRRM-CEP 2 of JICA and OCD if the proposed Memorandum of Agreement is approved to come up with a Local DRRM Plan that integrates data from quantitative approach to determine disaster risks calculated from potential hazards and condition of exposure and vulnerability to human facilities, critical facilities, agriculture, infrastructure and natural resources.
JICA and OCD will provide support in terms of logistics, material reproduction, networking of government agencies and stakeholders and other necessary assistance to produce the outputs for Disaster Risk Assessment and Local DRRM Planning.
A series of consultation meetings and workshops will be conducted involving all concerned agencies and stakeholders to be facilitated by the City Government of Dumaguete, JICA and OCD from the commencement of the program until May 2023.
At the conclusion of the DRRM-CEP 2 the following outputs are expected to be developed: guidelines for hazard information use and risk assessment, guidelines in the formulation of Regional DRRM Plans and Local DRRM Plans, OCD information management (including global indicators such as Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction) monitoring and evaluation system and training system is established to replicate the project outcome and conduct training for regions and LGUs in the Philippines.