Since the country’s power facilities are highly vulnerable to natural disasters, the system operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has also worked twice as hard to strengthen the disaster preparedness of partner communities so that they can be prepared when pounded by catastrophic events.
Through its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training project, the NGCP reported that it continues to “build the resilience of its host communities to prepare for and respond to natural hazards”.
As part of this program, the transmission company said it provides disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) training not only to help communities prepare for disasters, but also to mitigate the impact of these extreme weather conditions and how they may intensify the response.
“The NGCP is aware of the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly typhoons and earthquakes, and other hazards that can seriously affect the lives and livelihoods of our host communities,” the company pointed out.
He stressed that with the DRRM project, “we are giving them the knowledge and skills to mitigate the effects of these disasters,” adding that these disaster-prone communities “can rest assured that we will continue to find ways to support their communities. goals of zero”. casualties and minimal damage to all sectors of the community when a calamity occurs.
The transport company said it had engaged local leaders and community members in a three-day training program, which typically involves “the basic concepts and principles of DRRM, the process of risk management and DRRM frameworks”.
In addition, partner communities are briefed on how to “recalibrate their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (BDRRMC) and develop contingency plans to put in place their early warning systems. , their communication protocols and their systematic evacuation procedures”.
According to the NGCP, it has been carrying out these training activities since 2017, involving at least 11,000 people from 353 barangays and two state universities.
So far, the cities and municipalities already covered by the NGCP in its disaster preparedness training initiatives include the provinces of Isabela, Ifugao, Quirino, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya and Camarines Sur which had hit hard by Typhoon Ompong in 2018.
Other beneficiary provinces had been Leyte, Samar and Southern Leyte – areas that had been the eye of the storm during the extreme devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Also included were the provinces of Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Surigao del Norte which were hit by typhoons Vinta and Urduja in 2017.
The NGCP pointed out that some of their community partners in training programs were also affected by extreme flooding from heavy downpours from Typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses in 2020.
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