It is not easy. Contingency Plans take time to develop. This is the second meeting in a series of steps needed to be taken in drafting Cavite’s Contingency Plan (CP).
The Cavite Provincial Contingency Planning for Geologic Hazards for the 7.2 Magnitude earthquake was held in Tagaytay City last May 22-25, 2018. It was organized by the Provincial Government of Cavite Office of Public Safety (PG-COPS), facilitated by Office of Civil Defence (OCD) Region IVA, and supported by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Philippines, ADRA Czech Republic, and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. 72 individuals attended, representing the Cavite Provincial Council, Provincial and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Offices, and Civil Society Organizations.
Alex Masiglat from the Office of Civil Defense Region 4A was the main resource person during the four-day workshop. Discussions during the workshop were around the importance of the CP, the challenges and myths that often intimidated people about creating a CP, what the CP should contain, the data needed to fill in the forms including: maps of the locality; disaggregated socio-economic data, population composition and characteristics; disaggregated data on resources/assets; and relevant local, national, and international policies and Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Crisis Management.
- Engineering and Public Works
- Management of the Dead and Missing (MDM)
- Health, WASHN, & Psychosocial Services
- Emergency Telecommunications
- Law and Order
- Food and Non-Food Items
- Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM)
- Search, Rescue, and Retrieval (SRR)
The workshop also discussed Cluster Implementation Plans and activation, roles and deactivation of an Emergency Operation Center.
It was also important to present the CSOs’ One Cavite Humanitarian Coordination (OCHO) Model adopted from the National Harmonized Plan and developed by Project VIPER. Mark Cervantes HLA Program Manager on DRR led the discussion and resulted to including the whole province rather than just the initial focus on the three municipalities that will be affected, and the clusters be divided by districts (with Districts 2,3, & 4 being combined into 1 cluster).
On the last day, Masiglat discussed the different types of simulation exercises to test the CP. A table-top simulation exercise was proposed on June 15, 2018.
The data gathered during the workshop will be consolidated into a working document. It will be refined at the Contingency Plan Writeshop on May 29-30,2018 with the cluster leads.
“The municipality of GMA is about to revise our CP, particularly in our preparedness for the “Big One”, so this serves as a refresher course. It is very important because, as part of the youngest municipality in Cavite whose DRRM office has only been running for 3 or 4 years, we still have a lot to learn and we are in the process of slowly building our preparedness towards resiliency.” – Eng Teofilo G. Rea II. , Municipal DRRM Officer of General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) and Representative of the Cavite Association of Disaster Risk Response Officers
“The Filipinos are known for Bayanihan or their team work, and I have witnessed it during this Contingency Planning. We are all here and working towards a safer and stronger community during times of calamities.”– Pastor Jerel Tabong, Diocese Social Action Center (DSAC) Imus
“I know that all of us have had a fruitful stay here… I hope everyone will work hand-in-hand so that we sustain whatever we have learned here and apply it because whatever we are doing is for the people.” – Genevieve M. Beclon, Office of the Provincial Governor, Cavite