Review of disaster risk reduction, management plans pushed

BAGUIO CITY – (April 06, 2021) – City officials recently requested the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the City Disaster risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMO) to review or consider the actions of concerned offices on planning and disaster management issues in the city.

Under Resolution No. 145, series of 2021, signed by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, city legislators anchored their action on the said resolution on Administrative Order (AO) No. 146, series of 2013, Ordinance No. 40, series of 2011, Resolution No. 493 and 446, series of 2009, as well as Resolutions No. 225 and 227, series of 2008.

Earlier, City Human Resource Management Officer Atty. Agustin P. Laban III urged city officials and employees to provide the map coordinates of their respective homes as part of the city’s effective disaster risk reduction and management strategies during the occurrence of natural and man-made calamities.

Resolution No. 225, series of 2008, called the attention of the City Planning and Development Office, the City Engineering Office and the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to seriously consider the detailed landslide hazard map of Baguio city in the planning and updating of the city land use plan as well as in the implementation of infrastructure projects and those involving earthmoving in critical areas while Resolution NO. 227, series of 2008, urged the Cordillera offices of the  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-CAR) to conduct a comprehensive information education drive at the barangay or barangay cluster level of their hazards mapping assessment for effective community-based disaster risk management.

Moreover, Resolution No. 446, series of 2009, requested the MGB-CAR to submit for remedial legislation a geohazard map of the City of Baguio that identifies areas susceptible to landslides, flooding, and subsidence while Resolution No. 493, series of 2009, urged the DENR-CAR and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office–Baguio City to include geological inspection and geohazard report in the evaluation and processing of public land applications through the Miscellaneous Sales Applications (MSAs).

On the other hand, Ordinance No. 40, series of 2011, provided for the conduct of a multi-hazard mapping for the City of Baguio while Administrative Order No. 146, series of 2013, issued by former Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan created the technical committee that would conduct the multi-hazard mapping for the city pursuant to Ordinance No. 40, series of 2011.

The council stipulated that the CPDO and CDRRMO must take into consideration the previous actions of concerned offices to formulate effective and efficient disaster risk reduction and management action plans for implementation by the city government in dealing with the natural and human-induced calamities and mitigate the effects of such disasters to people.

The body claimed it is appropriate for both offices to look into the actions previously taken on the planning of disaster management for feasible inputs to be included in future plans to significantly reduce the impact of future disasters to the safety and security of the public. – Dexter A. See