SAN JOAQUIN, Iloilo – In order to effectively conduct assessment of the situation on the ground before and after disasters at all levels, the members of response teams of Miagao were capacitated in a four-day training on Rapid Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) at the Garinfarm Pilgrimage Resort on October 22 to 25, 2019.

“Man-made disasters and incidents put the lives of the Filipinos at stake.  When disasters occur, it is important for the DRRM agencies, in particular the response groups, to determine the immediate impacts of the disasters and cater to the priority needs of the people, hence this training,” said MDRRM Officer Mr. Ronan John Austria.

Mr. Austria explained that RDANA works by providing a quick “snapshot” of the disaster situation.  It determines the type and extent of damages brought about by the disaster, including its secondary threats, the critical needs of the affected population, and the local response capabilities.

“It allows the prescription of the priorities for response and recovery activities,” said Mr. Austria.

He also added that RDANA also serves as basis for recommending the need for international assistance, if necessary.

The training is being facilitated by the Office of the Civil Defense. (ABMande/Information Office)