The City Government of Isabela headed by Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) IX conducted a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Information, Education and Communication Campaign and Training-Workshop on Understanding Risk exposure Maps held on March 01, at CDRRMO EOC, Barangay Binuangan.
In his message, Acting CDRRM Officer Uso Dan I. Salasim highlighted the importance of science-based collaboration between the City Government and other government agencies for disaster risk reduction and management.
As the forefront of the government’s program to build more aware, prepared, and resilient communities in the face of the risks posed by natural phenomena, the MGB carry out information dissemination activities on geo-hazard assessment and mapping; understanding and identifying areas which are subject to likelihood of a landslide occurring on the basis of local terrain conditions, introduction to VRA and its methodology, and the integration of GAD program into disaster risk management policies, plans and decision-making processes.
The training/workshop was facilitated by MGB IX VRA-IEC Team Chief Geologist Jessica N. Lucero, GIS Specialist Glen Ford B. Gamelo, Cartographer II Benjamin L. Sanaani and Geologic Aide Maria Jessica B. Avecilla.
Meanwhile, a designated portion of the meeting was set to discuss the role of women and community leaders in the LGU’s DRRM planning and activities.
Participants were representatives from the City Engineer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Information Office, ICPS-PNP, DILG-ICFO, Association of Barangay Chairs, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Department of Education. To underscore the value of the said activity on behalf of all the participants, PLTCOL Junpikar P. Sitin, Chief of the Isabela City Police Station gave the closing remarks.