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DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) FOR FORECAST BASED EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WRITESHOP

The DILG-ARMM participated, represented by Hja. Helen P. Ahmad, LGOO V/Cluster Head of Peace and Order and Security, and Majaramir Y. Sumail, RIO/Alternate DRRM RFP, in the Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Forecast Based Emergency Preparedness Writeshop, conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

The activity was held at EM Manor Hotel, Cotabato City, on March 8-10, 2017. It was attended by the OCD ARMM, PAGASA, LGUs of Cotabato City, Municipality of Kabuntalan, and Province of Maguindanao.

The Development Academy of the Philippines-Sustainable Human Development Program (DAP-SHDP) is commissioned by the UN-World Food Programme (WFP) to implement the project entitled Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Forecast based Emergency Preparedness which aims to enhance forecast-based preparedness and response at the national and regional level in 10 provinces including Maguindanao through improved predictive capacity of early warning system.

Initially, on January 10, 2017, the DAP together with the WFP and with the assistance of the LGU of Maguindanao Province had an initial activity and FGD at Jehan Hall, Alnor Hotel and Convention Center, which was attended by the different offices in Disaster Risk and Reduction Management, Health, Social Welfare, Agriculture, and Planning and Development from the Municipality of Kabuntalan and Cotabato City as well as the Province of Maguindanao. It also started gathering available primary data on Early Warning System (EWS) and secondary data on DRR, Health and Agriculture in the municipality.

During the activity, Forecast-Based Financing and Emergency Preparedness for Climate Risks in the Philippines was introduced. It was an innovative approach using the scientific data to indicate elevated risks and then implement actions and release humanitarian funding for these actions before a potential disaster. The German Federal Foreign Office, German Red Cross and United Nations World Food Programme were piloting the approach in seven high risk countries, including Bangladesh, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines and Peru.

The DILG-ARMM discussed the Operation Listo Program and reiterate the Disaster Preparedness concepts , including the use of disaster fund, in the local level based from the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 entitled “Allocation and Utilization of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF).