The “Big One” is a worst-case scenario of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake from the West Valley Fault, a 100-kilometer fault that runs through six cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
“In a big crisis like the Big One, we need a stronger, more coordinated, efficient, effective and inclusive action,” said Mark Cervantes, Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines Program Manager for Disaster Risk Reduction.
To this end, a consultation workshop was held to introduce a proposed coordination mechanism for Cavite’s preparedness on the Big One earthquake. The coordination mechanism is modeled after the national harmonized contingency plan of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The earthquake is anticipated to hit Manila the hardest. The harmonized contingency plan already includes Cavite and other provinces around the metro.
This effort is part of Project VIPER (Vulnerability and Impact Reduction to Earthquake) being implemented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, and the Provincial Government of Cavite – Office of Public Safety (PG-COPS).
Held last March 12, 2018 at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Biga, Silang, Cavite, the “One Cavite Humanitarian Coordination” (OCHO) Model was introduced to 25 representatives of Civil Service Organisations, Non-Government Organisations, Local Government Units, Faith-based Organisations, and academic institutions.
During the consultation, the attendees listed an inventory of their organisations’ assets that could contribute to response for when the Big One happens under the categories of:
1) Camp Coordination and Camp Management;
3) Food and Non-food Items;
4) Search, Rescue, and Retrieval;
5) Logistics, Health (Health, WASH, Nutrition in Emergency, MHPSS);
6) Emergency Telecom;
7) Debris Clearing and Civil Works; and
8) Open Spaces.
Participants were then divided into four clusters: the CSO/NGOs, LGUs, Faith-based Organisations, and academic institutions. They were asked for their commitments in informing their organisations about the coordination model: the strategy/activity they would use, when they would do it (timeframe), and what support they would need from the Consortium. Organisations need to be accredited by the provincial government for them to be recognised as an official partner especially during response.
Tadeo Sagritalo from the Office of Civil Defence (OCD) Region IVA (Calabarzon) gave his appreciation and informed all the attendees that he would be including their output in the OCD’s Contingency Plan for Region IVA.
Photo credit: Aimee Grace Tapeceria, Project VIPER