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Valencia CDRRMC Conducts Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis Training

On November 10-13, 2015, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense conducted a four-day Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis Training at Hotel Valencia.

The training aims to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to rapidly and accurately assess the disaster damages as well as identify the needs for immediate assistance in relief and reconstruction.

During the thorough training, the participants were taught to identify the objectives, processes, planning principles and assumptions used in RDANA; Explain the coordinating mechanisms between actors involved in RDANA; Determine the procedures involved before, during and after an RDANA Mission; Develop the skills needed to assess information about disaster impacted sites and apply appropriate assessment methods in a simulated disaster impacted site to identify priority needs.

The said training was attended by the personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Veterinary Office, City Agriculture Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Health Office and Department of Education and Public Information Office.

The participants were trained with the objectives, processes, planning principles and assumptions used during the assessment. The training was composed of 8 modules which was divided into four days: Introduction to RDANA, General Features of RDANA, Coordination and Communication, Phases of Mobilization and Organization, Getting Ready for RDANA, Pre-, In-, and post-Mission, Assessment Process and Secondary and Primary Data. On the fourth day, the participants were immersed in the different barangays during the simulation activities wherein they were given simulation exercise scenario.

The training was graced by speakers from OCD Region 10: Mr. Floy P. Francisco, Chief Training, Provincial Coordinator-Bukidnon, Mr. Titus M. Velez, Chief Plans, PIO and Mr. Al R. Rivas, Communications Equipment Officer. Maj. Hermie Pava, Battalion Commander, Alpha Ready Reserve, Philippine Army also attended the said training.

CDRRMC Executive Officer, Capt. Alejandro L. Larosa, during his message, he emphasized the importance of having such training for DANA Team members to fully understand damage assessment and needs analysis in the early critical stage of a disaster in providing information on the immediate damages while facilitating the needs analysis process and the allocation of critical supplies.

During the closing program, Ms. Vanessa Anne M. Alvarez, Administrative Assistant of the City Administrator’s Office who spoke in behalf of the City Mayor, Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, in her message, she highlighted the significance of every department’s role during disasters and that coordination is very important during disaster response operations. “The City Mayor would like to extend her sincerest thanks to the participants for attending the 4-day training. And as the Chairperson of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, our City Mayor wanted us to be prepared during calamities,” she added.