QC activates Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

09.08.13 21:48

The Quezon City (QC) government has activated its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) with an initial set of officers who will perform specific functions in response to situations brought about by natural or human-induced disaster.

QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has signed executive order 5 series of 2013, which established the QCDRRMO, that will be under his direct supervision effective July 15 this year.

The QCDRRMO two-storey building is under construction at the city hall compound facing Kalayaan Avenue. QC is the first local government unit in the country with a DRRMO to be housed in its own building.

The QC government has been undertaking various efforts in preparating for disasters that might occur especially this rainy season. Trainings, seminars and workshops had been conducted in different department, barangays, NGOs and NGAs to hone skills of volunteers in life saving techniques.

QC will also have its own geo-spatial map to be handed over by Earthquake and Megacities Initiative (EMI) after a year of consultancy contract.

EMI had already finished trainings and workshop on city emergency response operation; mainstreaming of GIS on DRRM; integration of QC’s EM system and development of the emergency operations plan; hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment for floods and earthquake; legal and institutional arrangement; risk sensitive land use planning and writeshop on DRRM.

EMI is also set to develop the Quezon City Risk Atlas which the city government could utilize in times of emergency. (RJB/AKG-PIA-NCR/QC-PAISO)


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