LOCAL Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (LDRRMO) III Louie Glenn Lardizabal said that around one-third of the city’s barangays are still in the process of crafting their DRRM plans while the others have already submitted one to the City DRRMO.
Lardizabal said that some 82 barangays have already accomplished an approved DRRM plan, with 46 still in the process of making one.
According to Lardizabal, the said barangays are running into difficulties with the crafting of the plans, including delays brought about by the pandemic and the need for documentary requirements, as well as the slow identification of hazard areas in the barangays.
Under the current procedure to establish an official DRRM plan, the plans must first be approved by the barangay council through an official resolution, which also doubles as a documentary requirement for the process.
Lardizabal added that the overall city DRRM plan will hinge on the completion of all barangay DRRM plans, once approved and fully consolidated to use as a basis for planning and development.
With the delays in the creation of DRRM plans, Lardizabal said that the City DRRMO has provided technical assistance to the barangays to speed up the process and meet deadlines.