MIAGAO, Iloilo – For the purpose of deploying them in the barangay on Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) come disaster, barangay officials  here were engaged in a three-day training at the SK Covered Gym, Barangay Ubos Ilaya on November 26 to 28, 2019.

In an interview with LDRRM Officer Mr. Ronan John Austria, he said that at the end of the training, the participants are expected to understand the concepts of DRRM Fund Utilization, understand the key elements of a comprehensive RDANA strategy, carry out the participatory facilitation of hazard, vulnerability, capacity and risk assessment of the community, and plan and design effective community disaster awareness initiatives, among others.

The participants include punong barangays, kagawad chairperson on Committee on Environment, barangay secretary and treasurer and Civil Society Organization representatives.

Mayor Macario N. Napulan, MD expressed his support to the training as he stressed that vulnerabilities and needs can only be identified through proper consultation with the communities concerns who understand local realities and context more than the outsiders.

“Even the most vulnerable communities possess skills, knowledge and capacities that we want to consider an asset in times of disasters.  RDANA was designed so that necessary immediate actions and responses will be brought fast and direct to the community during inevitable situations,” said Mayor Napulan.

The seminar was conducted in tandem with the Liga ng mga Barangay and the Department of the Interior and Local Government. (ABMande)