After a series of deliberations, the Cotabato City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council finally approves the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan of the city for the years 2017-2022.
The LDRRM plan will serve as the guidebook of the city for its actions in preparing for, mitigating, and responding to disasters that are prone to happen in Cotabato City.
It also includes the tasks of every concerned agency and defines each of their roles. Being chaired by the city mayor, the council is composed of agencies that will supervise the four phases of a disaster: the Department of Interior and Local Government will oversee the Preparedness phase; the City Engineer's Office will be the one to lead the Prevention and Mitigation phase; the City Social Welfare and Development Services Office will man the Response phase; and the City Planning and Development Office will supervise the Recovery phase.
Other partners of the city government like the civil society organizations, the police and military forces, health institutions, and utilities, also have their own role whenever a disaster strikes. This goes to show that the LDRRMP is an all-inclusive plan that enjoins the participation of every sector of the society to prepare for and respond for any disaster.
According to City DRRM action officer Reynaldo Ridao, Cotabato City is not only prone to flooding but can also be a victim of massive fire incidents and earthquakes. Our coastal barangays are also being warned about tsunamis.
"All of these are discussed in our LDRRM plan. Members of the council also have suggestions that we can add to the plan. What is important is it is now approved by the council and we will be forwarding this to the SP as soon as possible", Ridao said.
City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi commended the CDRRMO and the TWG for having finished the city's disaster plan. As the chairman of the council, she committed to ensure that the plan will be carried out effectively and efficiently.
The formulation of this mid-term disaster plan was made possible through the efforts of the council's technical working group with the help of agencies like the USAID Be Secure.