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QC activates Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
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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