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NDRM 2022: Inside National Disaster Resilience Month

July 2022 kicked off with the annual National Disaster Resilience Month, with the theme “Sambayanang Pilipino, Nagkakaisa tungo sa Katatagan at Maunlad na Kinabukasan” with hashtags #NDRM2022 and #NagkakaisangSambayanan. In preparation for this, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) of the country released prior a memorandum which outlines “COVID-19 Preparedness Measurers for Rainy Season”.

Per the website of the Office of Civil Defense (the implementing arm of the NDRRMC), the memo “stated measures such as activation of National Disaster Response Plan aligned with Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolutions and Guidelines and the DOH Guidelines on Risk Based Public Health Standards for COVID-19 Mitigation, the conduct of Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment and other related meetings via online, inventory of resources, checking of vital facilities, stockpiling of relief, and other essential logistical requirements, as well as implementation of health protocols during duty at the Emergency Operations Center.”

LGUs were additionally given instructions to conduct thorough inventories of their specific list of evacuation centers which are not listed and used as quarantine facilities.

Disaster Response Webinars were also launched by the Council, with series titled “Resilience Hours”. Together with the webinars are print and e-print materials launched, such as the #DRMPublicationSeries which includes the “Ready to Rebuild: Workbook and Training Manual”. The manual is mainly for the use of LGUs, which covers disaster rehabilitation steps and recovery activities and strategies to be implemented. The Publication Series was developed through the collaboration of the Council and the World Bank.



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