June 17, 2022, MANILA — The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) KoNeK project conducted simulation exercises in three barangays in Quezon City to test their disaster preparedness. It was in partnership with the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (QCDRRMO), the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), and the Philippine Geographical Society (PGS), and supported by the United States Agency United for International Development, Office of Humanitarian Assistance (USAID-BHA).
Nearly 80 local government officials from Barangays Bagumbayan, Talayan and Doña Imelda participated in the simulation exercises on specific disasters to which these barangays are vulnerable, such as fires and floods. Another exercise is planned for the Barangay Commonwealth, focusing on their earthquake preparedness.
Entitled “Barangay na Handa, Barangay na Ligtas” each session aimed to assess the following: the level of knowledge of barangay officials, barangay responders and disaster committee members of their contingency plan, coordination of local incident command with local government and other stakeholders during emergencies, and procedures for evacuation and camp management of barangays during disasters. These sessions were facilitated by disaster management experts from PDRF, PGS and QCDRRMO.
“In pursuit of the ever-elusive community resilience, the partnerships we have formed with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and the Philippine Geographical Society have strengthened the city government’s commitment to saving people’s lives in the face of hazards and disasters. said Bianca Perez, Research & Planning Chief of Quezon City’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
“I thank these organizations for being our force multipliers in disaster risk management. They have helped us educate our communities to understand their risks, equipped them to be better prepared, and guided them to recover quickly from disasters.
KoNeK project or Komunidad in Negosyo Tungo sa Katatagan is an initiative of PDRF and USAID-BHA that aims to strengthen the DRRM capacities of local communities. The KoNeK project has three main components: building community resilience, establishing business continuity and developing public-private partnerships. The table top exercise is one of many capacity building activities of the project, including evacuation camp management, barangay DRRM, contingency planning and risk mapping.
“Project Konek is a great example of how to make our communities safer and better prepared for future emergencies,” said PDRF President Butch Meily.
Other notable activities of the KoNeK project include the Public Service Continuity Planning program which has trained local government units and national government agencies across the country to ensure service delivery during a crisis and support to the ministry. of Energy in the development of the national energy emergency plan, focusing on building energy resilience in the event of major disasters.
About the PHILIPPINE FOUNDATION FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE
The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) is the country’s leading private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster resilience. As a business alliance dedicated to building the disaster risk management capacity of the private sector in the country, PDRF aims to contribute to the sustainable development and general well-being of the Filipino people. For more information, visit http://www.pdrf.org.
Camille Rae Lim
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation