Jet B. Velarmino (standing right), commander 8th Infantry
Division, while presenting his lecture on Incident Command Post
System During Typhoon to the participants of Samar Disaster Risk
Reduction Summit at 8ID covered court on May 5, 2015.
8ID hosts the Samar
Risk Reduction Management Council Summit
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 7, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army
hosted the Samar Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Council
Summit at its Headquarters in Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City Samar
on May 5, 2015.
The summit was attended by
the different stakeholders of Samar and Region-8 led by Maj. Gen. Jet
B. Velarmino AFP, Commander 8ID; Hon. Sharee Ann T. Tan, Governor of
Western Samar; Mr. Rey M. Gozon, Regional Director of the Office of
Civil Defense (OCD8); Mr. Pedro A. Noval Jr., Regional Director of the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG8); Ms. Victoria F.
Esber, Regional Director of the Civil Service Commission (CSC8); Dr.
Imelda C. Laceras, Regional Director of Department of Budget and
Management (DBM8); Mr. Delfin P. Aguilar, Regional Director of
Commission on Audit (COA8); Mr. Judy L. Batulan, DILG of Western Samar;
Mr. Manuel Van Torrevillas, Provincial Risk Reduction Management
Officer of Samar; Ms. Natividad O. Silorio, Area Manager Plan
International Inc.; and the Local Chief Executives of Samar.
The Summit had a variety of
resource speakers coming from the Army, LGUs, LGAs and the private
sector who shared their expertise and experiences in addressing
On the part of 8ID, Maj. Gen
Velarmino presented the Incident Command Post System which the Army
Command implemented during the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in 2013; Mr.
Ruel Maga of SURGE presented the concept of their group in helping
communities be resilient during disasters; Hon. Moreno, Brgy Captain
of Solsogon, Sta. Margarita, Samar presented their actions taken
prior, during and after Typhoon Yolanda. While RD Gozon presented the
Republic Act 10121 or the Act of Strengthening the Philippine DRRM
System, the National DRRM framework, and institutionalization of the
National DRRM Plan, as well as the appropriation of funds.
The highlight of the summit
was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the Hon.
Sharee Ann Tan, Hon. Danny V. Tan, RD Rey M. Gozon, DILG Judy L.
Batulan and Natividad Silorio. It was witnessed by the Army and the
PNP representatives, the Local Chief Executives, representatives of
national government agencies, and the Risk Reduction Management
Council Chairpersons of different towns and cities of Western Samar.
The MOA is aimed to divide
the stakeholders’ tasks during disasters and to institutionalize the
disaster preparedness of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Western
Samar Province by standardizing the methodology in training the
Municipal and Barangay officials through a participatory framework.
It is also aimed to adopt a
disaster risk reduction and management approach with holistic,
comprehensive, integrated and proactive approach in lessening the
socio-economic and environment impact of disasters and climate change,
and promote the involvement and participation of all sectors and
stakeholders concerned, at all levels, especially in the local
communities as stipulated in Section 2, Sub Section D of R.A 10121.
While on the part of Plan
International, as was stipulated in the MOA, will implement the
Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) which will advocate
successful experiences on Inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk
Reduction (ICBDRR) in communities through the peer-to-peer approach
that is aimed to increase resilience of disaster high-risk
communities. SURGE is funded by European Union.
Another highlight of the
summit was 8ID HADR Capability demonstration by the 8ID Emergency
Response Company (ERC) simulating a multiple vehicular accidents
8ID also showcased its
Disaster Response Operation (DRO) equipment in conducting rescue
operation in the bodies of water through its Water Search and Rescue (WASAR)
Team, as well as its equipment in conducting search and rescue
operation in collapsed structures.
Hon. Tan was full of
optimism after the summit and appreciated 8ID for hosting the Samar
Province DRRM Summit and stressed the importance of coming up with a
holistic approach in addressing disasters.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino hailed
the outcome of the summit and dubbed it as a step towards the right
direction in strengthening the DRRM system of Western Samar Province
in order to mitigate the impact of disasters.
He also said that the signed
MOA will greatly benefit the Province, the LGUs under it, the
concerned government agencies, as well as the PNP and AFP units as
they will have an anchor to craft supporting policies and laws to
prepare in addressing problems during disaster planning phase, and
during the actual implementation of disaster plans in areas of
coordination, sharing of resources, as well as in technical expertise.