Barangays recognized for disaster preparedness

Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon together with the Barangay Captains of the six Best Prepared Barangays in the City of Mati, DILG Officers, and some Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Members. Among the Barangay Captains in the photo are Hon. Samuel Rodriguez of Tamisan, Hon. Noel Alo of Brgy. Mayo, Hon. Erwin Martino of Tagabakid, Hon. Nestor Escasinas of Dahican, Hon. Edgar Valera of Sainz, and Hon. Francisco Bardon of Mamali.

Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon together with the Barangay Captains of the six Best Prepared Barangays in the City of Mati, DILG Officers, and some Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Members. Among the Barangay Captains in the photo are Hon. Samuel Rodriguez of Tamisan, Hon. Noel Alo of Brgy. Mayo, Hon. Erwin Martino of Tagabakid, Hon. Nestor Escasinas of Dahican, Hon. Edgar Valera of Sainz, and Hon. Francisco Bardon of Mamali.

MATI, DAVAO ORIENTAL – Aiming at strengthening disaster risk reduction and management down to the barangay level, the Provincial Government together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Office recently gave awards to the best prepared barangays in the City of Mati.

Hailed as the Best Prepared Barangay is the village of Tamisan receiving a cash prize of P30,000. Named first runner up is Barangay Mayo receiving a cash award of P20,000 while sharing the second runner-up spot are the villages of Tagabakid, Dahican, Sainz, and Mamali, with cash prizes of P10,000 each.

Piloted in the City of Mati, this search, which is touted as a special project, was conceptualized by the DILG and the Development Academy of the Philippines and was funded by the Provincial Government and the City Government of Mati in order to boost disaster preparedness down to the grassroots level.

With the project’s ultimate aim to have zero casualty and minimal damages to properties when calamities strike, a thorough selection process was undertaken by conducting an onsite monitoring and evaluation in the barangays.

Upon inspection, the DILG reported that all 26 barangays in the City of Mati have their own fully-functional Barangay Disaster Operations Center. “They have already identified their own evacuation centers and the residents know where to go in times of disasters,” said DILG Provincial Office Outcome Manager Orle A. Cabaobao.

In the initial stage of the project, various disaster management trainings were conducted in the barangays as well as distribution of emergency disaster signage to be posted in their centers. 

While tapping the full participation of the communities, the DILG said this project has also become a good venue for collaboration as various local offices, councils and national government agencies have worked hand in hand in its implementation.

Having seen the project’s success in terms of collaboration, it was awarded the Most Collaborative Special Project conferred by the Development Academy of the Philippines on July 2015. Furthermore, five other municipalities in the province have also started to replicate the project to enthuse barangay governments in making disaster preparedness a priority.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon lauded the DILG Provincial Office for initiating the search. She noted it as an effective tool in increasing level of awareness and participation of the communities towards disaster preparedness.

She likewise congratulated the awardee barangays, saying this is a testament of their good leadership.

“We really need to push aggressively our programs for disaster preparedness not only within the community but down to the household level as disaster preparedness is our important thrust amidst the current changes in our climate.”

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga said the project had not only measured the preparedness of the barangays but also assess the balance in the governance in the barangay level, particularly the Barangay Governance Performance Management System.

Meanwhile, the cash prizes won by the awardees will be used to purchase additional equipment for their respective Barangay Disaster Operations Center. By KL Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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