At least 15 villages in Iloilo City conducted community based risk assessment among its barangay officials and residents to determine their vulnerabilities as well as capabilities in times of calamities on May 16-20.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed the initiative aims to make the metropolis disaster-resilient and equip Ilonggos with proper knowledge, skills and expertise in managing disaster risks.
The barangays were Santo Domingo and So-oc in Arevalo; San Antonio and Compania Central in Molo; Caingin, Baldoza and Tabuc Suba in La Paz; Balantang, Lanit, Bito-on, Camalig and Tabuc Suba in Jaro; Bakhaw and Taft North, Mandurriao; and Villa Anita, City Proper.
The city’s pool of Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment (PCVA) facilitators brought the strategy to the grassroots level. It is expected that a total 50 barangays shall undergo the PCVA process by the end of the year.
Participants were barangay leaders, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), elderly and youth, among others.
The program is part of the city’s priority to intensify its Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) measures to lessen damages and losses during disasters.
The continuing efforts of building resilient communities are supported by the Community Based Adaptation and Resiliency against Disaster (CBARAD) project assisted by CityNet, Yokohama City and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
PCVA facilitators came from the city government offices such as City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Public Information Office (PIO), Local Youth Development Office (LYDO); CBARAD pilot barangays such as Buntatala, Balabago, Calubihan and Dungon A; Department of Education (DepEd) City Division and Cabalum Western College; ADP-I and Federations of Persons with Disability Iloilo City. They are the city’s committed human resource in building resilient communities. [via Iloilo City Gov’t]