by: Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa


            Local government units (LGUs) along the Agusan River Basin (ARB) will undergo a Multi-Hazard Maps training this month of July in order to provide them with knowledge in understanding the uses and application of hazard maps available in their areas.


            The Department of the Interior and Local Government – Region 13 (CARAGA) will provide the Training on Understanding Multi-Hazard Maps as part of its unyielding commitment of building disaster-resilient LGUs and communities in the region. Moreover, as vice-chair of disaster preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department aims to equip readiness among the people, particularly those who reside in hazard-prone areas.


            In this training, the participants will be taught on how to use the hazard maps as an important tool of preventing or if not mitigating the impact of natural calamities and disasters. Interpreting the hazard maps and updating of the community risk profile are the expected outputs of the undertaking. As a result, the LGUs will manage the underlying risks in their areas and they will be able to strategize their local development plans.


            Target participants for this training are the Punong Barangays, Brgy. Secretaries or Brgy. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Officers, City/Municipal DRRMOs, Provincial DRRMOs, City/Municipal Mayors, Provincial Governors, DILG City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, and DILG Provincial/City Directors of the seventeen (17) LGUs along the ARB.


            The LGUs included in the training are the Provinces of Agusan del Norte (ADN) and Agusan del Sur (ADS); Municipalities of Buenavista, Las Nieves, Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Francisco, San Luis, Talacogon, Trento, Veruela; and the Cities of Bayugan and Butuan. These LGUs are those located along the Agusan River Basin and identified by the River Basin Central Office (RBCO) of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as high risk areas.


            This training is one of the activities identified in the 2013 celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July. (Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, LGOO II, DILG 13)

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