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OCD to hold regional disaster summit amid flood, landslide devastation

DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XI will soon embark on a regional flooding and landslide dialogue to pick up local concerns and generate solutions as well.

OCD Regional Director Ednar Dayanghirang revealed this thrust in a media forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency at the height of the massive flooding in Davao Region caused by trough of the Low Pressure Area (LPA) in early February 2024.

He plans to gather all local chief executives (LCEs) and heads of concerned government agencies in Davao Region, as well as national leaders, to look deeper into the flooding situation per municipality and come up with solutions.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XI Regional Director Ednar Dayanghirang briefs Davao City media on the massive flooding in Davao Region in a forum organized by PIA Regional Office XI

He is also intending to craft the activity design anchored on the hands-on participation of LCEs, whom he relied on to have knowledge about the hazards in their respective areas.

“He (referring to the LCE) will present the problems and will also recommend the solutions,” he emphasized, adding that the recommended solutions shall be discussed during the plenary session with invited sectoral representatives from the church and academe, among others.

He also thought of drawing best practices from LGUs, which already had existing facilities for addressing incidents of flooding and landslides.

In line with this planned activity, Dayanghirang is looking at ways of integrating the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) scientific data on area susceptibility to landslides and floods based on the projected rainfall data  of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

During the same media forum, Dayanghirang revealed that MGB can even project the susceptibility level of puroks and households per identified vulnerable barangay.

“The science is already available; the challenge is translating this scientific data to  governance,” he said, pointing out the relevance of  MGB Flood and Landslide Susceptibility data in drawing up a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) per LGU.

Meanwhile, the OCD official looked at the relevance of developing new townsites in municipal centers, which have often been flooded, as a strategy to avoid a repeat of disaster in populated and commercial centers of an LGU.

“We cannot keep repeating the same scenario. Para mapalayo ang population (To keep the population) from disaster, a new  townsite development can be a good strategy, and  I hope sa flooding dialogue ma-adopt kana (during the flooding dialogue, this can be  adopted),” he said.

The flooding and landslide dialogue that Dayanghirang had conceived of conducting shall also be coming up with resolutions to be passed by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) XI that shall be forwarded to the Regional Development Council (RDC) XI for LGUs in Davao Region to adopt.  (JMDA/ PIA Davao del Norte)

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