Short link: https://wp.me/paaccn-vyU
COTABATO CITY — The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM-MILG), through the Interior Affairs Service (IAS) and its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division (DRRMD), held a three-day Training Workshop on the Formulation and Updating of DRRM Plan from August 14 to 18, 2023, at the Blue Lotus Hotel in Davao City.
The activity aims to provide technical assistance to Lanao del Sur local government units (LGUs) in developing, implementing, and updating their LDRRM plan. With this assistance, participants will create a draft plan that is appropriate for the situation and reality of their local government unit.
Similarly, it will aid in the improvement of DRRMO and other stakeholders’ knowledge, as well as the identification of LGUs’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges in dealing with disasters.
Following approval and adoption by the concerned MDRRMC and Sangguniang Bayan, the draft LDRRMP will be the municipality’s living document, which will be put into action to ensure impact mitigation and reduce property damage and loss of life.
Interior Affairs Services Director Atty. Marvin D. Mokamad emphasized in his opening statement that the Ministry, through the IAS-DRRM Division, is fully committed to providing technical assistance to LGUs and firmly believes that LGUs can do their part in comprehensively crafting the plan and putting it into action in addressing hazards with the spirit of “moral governance,” delivering basic services, and religiously allocating LDRRM funds.
During the workshop, resource persons from the Bangsamoro READi and DRRM Division shared their expertise and knowledge. The municipalities of Balindong, Kapatagan, Malabang, Marogong, Bayang, Kapai, Tagoloan, Lumbaca-Unayan, and Tamparan took part.
The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area’s (SGA) 63 barangays or villages that voted “Yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.
According to the Philippine Atlas BARMM has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; undivided Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. (✓)