In its humblest contribution and in an effort to develop more resilient LGUs in Central Luzon, DILG Region 3, led by Regional Director Florida M. Dijan, has been presently implementing various disaster-related projects involving all barangays of the 7 provinces and 2 Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) in the region.
On-going activities being undertaken by DILG include assessment of evacuation centers, conduct of Environmental Compliance Audit (ECA) on Solid Waste Management, check listing and profiling on disaster preparedness, conduct of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CBDRRM) training and the development of information materials. To date, 80% of the total barangays has been trained with CBDRRM while a hundred percent completion is expected in October 2012.
The Regional Office had earlier conducted Basic Orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA) to all provinces and cities and the Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation. These both aimed to increase LGU awareness on the importance of being prepared to disasters brought about by climate change. These activities are in line with the Department’s program on Enhancing LGU Capacity on DRRM/CCA leading to the attainment of one of its visions of developing disaster resilient LGUs.
A recent Pulse Asia Survey revealed that the Aquino administration got passing marks for disaster preparedness efforts. The results of the survey, conducted from August 31 to September 7, 2012, showed that the administration earned an average grade of 80. It further stated that the administration’s disaster preparedness efforts earned a median grade of 85 (very good), and 80 for the speed and effectiveness of the response.