Officials of Barangay Candau-ay in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, were trained recently on camp management during flooding and other calamities by the Corporate Network for Disaster Response and Smart Communications, a press release from the CNDR said.
The workshop was in line with the Project Noah's Ark, that aims to strengthen the capacities of flood-prone communities to cope with disasters. The barangay was one of those hardest hit by tropical storm “Sendong” in 2011, with around 911 households displaced and 67 families losing their homes to flood, the press release also said.
The project empowers flood-prone communities to be more disaster-resilient, not only through lectures and trainings, but through drills and executions to ensure that when the next big disaster comes along, they have a fool-proof system in place, reducing the need for rescue operations, and aiming for zero casualty, Ramon Isberto of CNDR and Smart said.
Camp management provides convenient basic services to those affected by a calamity and seeking temporary safe shelter to save and protect their lives. The training aimed to strengthen the capacity of the barangay and city disaster risk reduction management councils to handle evacuees.
It included evacuation management, relief and protection management practices, water sanitation and health, transportation, logistics and database management, and security and food security practices, the press release also said.
There were 33 workshop participants from the barangay and city DRRMCs, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police, and the city's Health, Engineering and Agriculture offices.
Candau-ay Brgy. Captain Gregorio Oira said they are working closely with the CNDR for the flood warning and evacuation drill set next month, the press release added.*
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