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Yolanda-hit north Cebu town creates disaster reduction office

CEBU CITY, June 25 — The municipality of Bantayan in northern Cebu, one of the areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, has finally created the Bantayan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (BDRRMO).

Bantayan is one of three towns in Bantayan Island situated off the northernmost tip of Cebu mainland. The other two are Sta. Fe and Madridejos.

The office is initially provided with P250,000 budget for its operational expenses to be taken from the general fund of the municipal government.

The ordinance creating the office is also in compliance with the provision of Republic Act 10121 that mandates local government units (LGUs) to establish a Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO).

The office is responsible for setting the direction, development, implementation and coordination of disaster risk management programs within their jurisdiction.

The BDRRMO is a department under the Office of the Mayor, which will serve as the secretariat and executive arm of the BDRRM Council.

Other functions include facilitating and supporting risk assessment and contingency planning activities at the local level and with Bantayan’s clustered barangay.

It shall organize and conduct training, orientation, and knowledge management activities on disaster reduction and management at the local level.

It shall also identify, assess and manage the hazards vulnerabilities and risks that may occur in their locality.

The BDRRMO shall be composed of a DRRM officer, administration and training officer, research and planning officer and an operations and warning officer.

Bantayan Island is among the 16 LGUs in northern Cebu that were severely devastated by the typhoon, which displaced hundreds of fisherfolk and left hundreds of millions of pesos worth of damage in the tourism and poultry industry. (PNA)

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