MANDATES of the Mabalacat City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
The Mabalacat CDRRMO is the authority in setting the direction, improvement, execution and direction of disaster risk management programs in Mabalacat City. This office is also tasked to expedite and sustain contingency planning, risk assessments, and related activities. With this, the Mabalacat CDRRMO designs, programs and coordinates risk reduction management activities as mandated by RA 10121, also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. The said department consolidates and disseminates local disaster risk information which includes natural hazards, vulnerabilities, and climate change risks. This office maintains and updates a local hazard map.
To make the constituents of Mabalacat prepared for disaster, the CDRRMO organizes and conducts trainings, performs orientation and information management activities on disaster risk reduction and management.
The CDRRMO operates a multi-hazard early warning system to enable disaster risk reduction in order to provide accurate and timely advice to constituents and stakeholders in Mabalacat City through mass media and risk reduction and prevention alerting instruments. This also activates the Mabalacat City Emergency Response Team consisting of emergency medical service (EMS) and urban search and rescue (USAR) personnel and alert supporting response teams when necessary.
This office also devises and enacts a comprehensive and integrated DRRM Plan in accordance with the national, regional and provincial DRRM framework, and policies on disaster risk reduction in close coordination with the local development councils.
This bureau is accountable for the preparation and submission of the annual Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan for Mabalacat City and to provide a financial plan necessary for its implementation utilizing the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund (CDRRMF) and other dedicated disaster risk reduction and management resources, and regular funding sources and budgetary support of the CDRRMO and BDRRMC. This is being submitted to the local sanggunian through the Local DRRM Council.
Barangay DRRMC Assistance Program
This aims to create and train rescue teams at the barangay-level to provide immediate and expert support to the community
Community Trainings in Schools and Companies
These community trainings are provided for disaster preparedness campaigns to high population areas such as schools and company buildings. Training rescue teams are also involved here. These future programs are true to the core of this office for continuous progress. As they say in this office, “We never stop. We never stop helping. We never stop learning”.
CHANGES IN THE GARBO ADMINISTRATION
Capacitating the Office
City Mayor Garbo has been supportive to this office. Since his election, additional personnel are placed in the department to scale up the capacity of offering services to the city. More so, the department will receive four new ambulances in 2018.
“Command Center of the Future”
As a major project, with the support of Mayor Garbo, a City Command Center is being put to discussion. It will be equipped with more than 150 modern and analytical CCTVs. This will significantly increase the office’s capability to respond immediately to various incidents within the city. Relatedly, a 4-digit hotline is also being planned to accommodate emergency and distress calls. At a personal level, the CDRRMC finds personal joy in the fulfilment of their duties. “Mabalacat City will always prepare and prevent, not repair and repent.”- Mr. Jeffrey S. Santos