Koronadal City, South Cotabato. As part of the culmination program of the 2021 National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) held on August 3, 2021, via videoconference, NEDA XII, in its capacity as the Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery RDRRMC XII, presented a report on the “Recovery, Rehabilitation, Risk Reduction Needs and Interventions for the Affected Areas of the October 2019 Series of Earthquakes in the Province of Cotabato.” The presentation highlighted NEDA XII’s technical assistance in the preparation of the rehabilitation and recovery plan towards building forward better communities in Cotabato Province after the series of devastating earthquakes in the fourth quarter of 2019. Other topics presented were the Incident Command System Success Stories, as well as Efficient Resource Mobilization.

This year’s activity which carried the theme “Tamang Pamamahala’t Kahandaan, Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan sa Sakuna at Pandemya’y Kalasag ng Bayan” officially closed with the conduct of the Resilience Forum that focused on Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Systems in SOCCSKSARGEN. Regional Director (RD) Minda C. Morante, Chairperson of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) XII spearheaded the activity.

Also during the virtual activity, messages of support were expressed by DOST XII RD Sammy Malawan, Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation; DILG XII RD Josephine Cabrido-Leysa, Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness; DSWD XII RD Restituto Macuto, Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Response; NEDA XII RD Teresita Socorro Ramos, Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery.

The provincial local chief executives who are the Chairpersons of the 4 PDRRMCs of Region XII namely: Governor Suharto Mangudadatu of Sultan Kudarat, Governor Nancy Catamco of Cotabato Province, Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. of South Cotabato, and Governor Steve Solon of Sarangani Province likewise conveyed their messages of congratulations for the successful conduct of the month-long NDRM activities

The culmination program was participated in by the different stakeholders such as Local DRRM officers, teachers, private sector institutions, among others. (Ricardo L. Lamorena, NEDA XII – PFPD)