OCD-10 leads NDRM celebration amid COVID-19
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 14 (PIA) – This year’s celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) has become more challenging amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This was the statement made by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-10 Regional Director Arnel Rosauro Gonzales in a recent “Talakayan sa PIA” program.
“There came a time before COVID-19 that we celebrated this month [July] by only just looking at the natural hazards such as flooding and landslide. But now, we have a new aspect to look into, the COVID 19 threat,” Dir. Gonzales said.
Facing a new kind of hazard, the resiliency of each Filipino will be challenged including the government with this pandemic.
“Every year, OCD-10 goes around the region to assist and help the local government units to craft their respective contingency plan on how to response to disaster, but this unexpected pandemic arrived which no one had prepared. Last year, the local government unit had prepared their contingency plans against the possible effect of the disaster that they might face but we never had prepared for the COVID-19,” Gonzales added.
Though there was no preparation made during the previous year against this pandemic, the government and the OCD had adapted to the challenge in terms prevention and detection.
The clusters formed for the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management (RDRRM) continues its functions amid COVID 19.
“The challenge now is how to respond to a disaster and how to bring the evacuees to the designated evacuation centers without neglecting the health protocols and social distancing amid this new normal,” Gonzales said.
Aside from monitoring the natural disaster, the OCD is also monitoring the adverse effects of the virus on the community and individuals. As the cluster in-charge of logistics of the Regional Inter Agency Task Force (RIATF), OCD-10 is constantly monitoring the logistical needs of various local government units (LGUs), community and other government agencies in combating and responding to COVID-19.
“We are mandated to address whatever needs that may arise in response to this threat in an effective, sufficient manner and of real time,” Gonzales said adding “we need to be resilient and the same time follow the new normal health protocols,“ he concluded. (JAKAraña/PIA10)