Koronadal City, South Cotabato – A total of 37 participants from the member agencies of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDDRRMC) XII and selected personnel from the local disaster risk reduction and management councils participated in a four-day training on RDANA on April 18-21, 2016 at Sun City Suites, General Santos City.
The training was conducted by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XII as part of the agency’s mandate, as provided for under Republic Act No. 10121, “to formulate standard operating procedures for the deployment of rapid assessment teams, information sharing among different government agencies, and coordination before and after disasters at all levels”
RDANA is a disaster response tool that is used immediately during the early and critical onset of a disaster. In particular, RDANA: a) aims to determine the immediate relief and response requirements, and b) identifies the magnitude of a disaster by focusing on the general impact on the society and the people’s coping capacity.
It works by providing a quick “snapshot” of the disaster situation, as it determines the type and extent of damages brought about by a disaster, including its secondary threats, the critical needs of the affected population, and the local response capacities. It allows the prescription of the priorities for response and recovery activities, and serves as a basis for recommending the need for international assistance, if necessary.
The training aims to equip the participants with knowledge on: a) identifying processes and principles used in RDANA; b) coordinating mechanisms between the actors involved in the assessment; c) determining the procedures involved before, during and after RDANA mission; d) providing skills needed to assess information on disaster-stricken sites; and e) applying appropriate assessment methods in a simulated disaster impacted site.
Aside from the interactive lectures and discussion, the participants were also subjected to group and simulation exercises during the course of the training. (Helen L. Vestal, NEDA XII-DRD)