Government agencies to develop disaster preparedness plan for Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/April 17) – Various government agencies will join forces to develop a Mindanao Disaster Preparedness Plan that will provide an island-wide perspective for “coordinated efforts to plan, prepare, mitigation, recovery and rehabilitation” during calamities among local government units, an official with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

MinDA public relations officer Adrian Tamayo said on Sunday that it was important to come up with a single plan because a disaster affecting one area is likely to impact other local governments in terms of public safety, economic recovery and of overall growth.

He said the plan is a joint project of the MinDA with the Civil Defense Office and the National Council for Risk Reduction and Management, in coordination with other government agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development. , Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“The plan will take regional and LGU plans into consideration when developing the Mindanao plan,” he said.

Homes along the coast of the city of Burgos on the island of Siargao were wiped out by the wrath of Typhoon Odette in this photo taken Monday, January 3, 2022. Odette made landfall in Siargao on December 16, 2021. Photo MIndaNews by ROEL CATOTO

He added that the plan would be used as a major reference for disaster preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation.

“It is an effort to address the full spectrum of disaster governance, from planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and rehabilitation, across the wide range of economic activities continuous and unhindered basics, logistics, transportation,” he said.

Tamayo explained that “every disaster has its own face” and that its impact on communities is “more or less the same”.

“As for the specifics, that is something to work out, but government agencies are already in agreement that there is an urgent need to coordinate, integrate and harmonize our plans because what is happening in one region affects another region,” he said. (Antonio L. Colina/MindaNews)