ILOILO CITY, April 23 (PIA6) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will hold a regional summit dubbed, “Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness,” in Iloilo City on April 26 to advocate and institutionalize the concept of disaster preparedness among local government units (LGUs).
It will be the first in a series of regional summits that will be conducted by DILG nationwide with the aim at orienting the public, the local and national government officials, and other stakeholders of their tasks before, during, and after a disaster.
DILG Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta said target participants include the local chief executives of the 139 provinces, cities, and municipalities in Region 6 to be joined by their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers as well as representatives from Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) partner regional line agencies, civil society organizations, and academic institutions.
The activity, which is in line with Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10121), is one of the DILG’s responses to the clamor of the different sectors concerning calamities in many parts of the country recently.
Among the resource persons during the activity will be Albay Governor Joey Salceda and Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission (CCC).
At the end of the activity, summit participants are expected to sign a pledge of commitment for management plans.
The Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness is an offshoot of the success of the series of Tapatan activities last year focusing on the Full Disclosure Policy. As a result of last year’s activity, the compliance among LGUs to the FDP, which requires making public pertinent financial information, rose from 20 to 90 percent. (DILG/JSC- PIA6)
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April 23, 2012