By: Erlito P. Saberola
NAMRIA, through the Resource Data Analysis Branch (RDAB), conducted the consultation workshops on mapping of Safe Open Spaces (SOS) and Critical Lifelines and Facilities (CLFs) for Earthquake Resiliency in Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA). The workshops, which had two groups of participants, were held at the Lecture Hall on 28 and 29 August 2019. The participants were from different units and agencies of the government.
RDAB Director Santos reads to the participants the welcome remarks of
NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco. -- VENER QUINTIN C. TAGUBA, JR.
The objectives of the workshops were to present the preliminary maps of SOS and CLFs, to consult the National Government Agencies/First Responders on the information and design of their respective maps, and to finalize the map layout and design. NAMRIA was tasked to identify safe open spaces to serve as temporary shelters, staging and rescue stations, portals for humanitarian response, i.e., medical and other services, assembly areas for responders and storage depot for goods; prepare quadrant maps needed in logistics and operations planning for disaster preparedness and for use of the first responders and the command control and communications sector during and after the earthquake; and capacitate Local Government Units (LGUs) on field validation and updating of safe open space maps.
The conduct of the workshops was in compliance with the instructions of His Excellency President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his 2017 State of the Nation Address for the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster. The Cluster aims to immediately work with concerned sectors to prepare for the imminent threat of a massive earthquake in GMMA; implement immediate and long-term measures to reduce risks and vulnerabilities of communities and strengthen critical infrastructures; and implement Executive Order No. 52 series 2018 entitled "Creating the Program Management Office for Earthquake Resiliency of the Greater Metro Manila Area.”
(top to bottom photos) RDAB Director Santos and Ms. Ferrer discuss with the participants
their respective topics. -- ERLITO P. SABEROLA and VENER QUINTIN C. TAGUBA, JR.
The topics and activities were Part I: Overview - Updates on Mapping of SOS for Earthquake Resiliency, Presentation of Preliminary Map Layouts, and Discussion on Map Layout and Elements; Part II: Breakout Sessions – Guidelines and Groupings and Discussion and Finalization of Maps per responder; and Part III: Plenary – Reporting of Map Outputs per group.
During the workshops, the participants were grouped based on the following sectors: Water, Fire Protection, Medical and Health Services, Shelter, Power, Food, Command Control and Communications, Search and Rescue, Law and Order, and Transport and Mobility. After the workshop, there were group presentations followed by an open forum between the presenters and the participants.
(top to bottom photos) Participants interact with resource persons and facilitators during
the workshop. -- VENER QUINTIN C. TAGUBA, JR.
The participants for the first day were from the following government offices: Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-National Capital Region, DILG-Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Energy, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation, Local Water Utilities Administration, Mobile Country Health Department, National Housing Authority, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Office of Civil Defense/National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Presidential Communications Operation’s Office, National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police. The participants for the second day were from the various LGUs in Metro Manila.
Resource persons, facilitators, and participants pose for a souvenir photo.-- VENER QUINTIN C. TAGUBA, JR.
The resource persons for the activity were RDAB Dir. Rijaldia N. Santos, NAMRIA Focal Person-Technical Working Group on Earthquake Resiliency; Geospatial Integration Division (GID)-RDAB Chief Violeta A. Quiliza; and RDAB staff, namely, Supervising Remote Sensing Technologists, Josephine O. Ferrer and Cristina M. Montoya, and Senior Remote Sensing Technologist Pinky T. De Chavez. The workshops were facilitated by GID-RDAB staff.
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