In observance of the 2017 National Disaster Resilience Month, the Central Board of Assessment Appeals (CBAA) conducted a “One-Day Orientation on Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (PDRRMS)” for its officials and employees held at Orchid Garden Suites, Malate, Manila, last 19 July 2017, Wednesday.

Through this activity, the CBAA aims to implement and institutionalize the objectives and strategies embodied in Republic Act No. 10121, “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework and Institutionalizing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Appropriating Funds Therefor and For Other Purposes.” Said law provides for the adoption of a DRRM approach to lessen or mitigate the socio-economic and environmental impact of natural disasters and human-induced hazards by creating disaster-resilient communities, capacitating government and non-government entities toward disaster risk reduction and management.

Resource persons from different member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) were invited to equip the participants with knowledge on legal and institutional framework of the PDRRMS and overview of the DRRM Framework (Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Rehab, and Recovery).

The first speaker was Ms. Aurora D. Dela Rosa from the Office of the Civil Defense – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-NDRRMC), who discussed the PDRRMS, the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment, and the Establishment of Disaster Control Groups and Overview of Incident Command System.

The second speaker, Mr. Antonio Tolentino from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Manila City Hall, presented topics on what to do before, during, and after various hazards such as earthquake, typhoon, flood, fire, and tsunami.

The last speaker, Engr. Eduardo E. Ellima, Fire Safety Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Manila Fire District I, shared vital information and insights as result of his 30 years in service under the BFP.

In culmination, all CBAA officials and employees were given each an Emergency Kit or “Go Bag” which shall be used in case of necessity.