BAGUIO CITY, July 13(PIA) - - Accurate identification and assessment of the needs of the people or communities to become disaster- resilient and on damages and the needed services when a disaster hits a certain community is vital in effective disaster reduction and management.
With this and in observance of Disaster Resilience Month, the Office of Civil Defense conducted a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) for the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council members and representatives from provincial DRRM offices.
The three – day training held at the City Lights Hotel here was intended to strengthen the capacity of the DRMMC members in delivering accurate and timely assessment report before, during and after an impending disaster such as strong tropical cyclone.
The training course included modules on RDANA basic principles; concept of operations with exercise; mobilization; methodologies and preparations as well as simulation exercises and reporting of outputs.
OCD- CAR Operations chief Diane Rojas outlined that the main mission of the RDANA is to assess. It is an assessment tool where the CRDRRMC can be able to provide immediate feed and report on the needs of disaster-affected people.
Rojas shared that conducting disaster damage and needs assessment is always a challenge in Cordillera given the mountainous terrain that is prone to landslides that can lead to road closures and isolation of communities.
It is also multidisciplinary because the needs of affected persons or communities can vary from damage infrastructures or agricultural livelihood or social or health needs, among others. This is why the RDANA team should be composed of personnel from different government agencies who deal with specific field of expertise, she said.
There are three phases where RDANA can be conducted- Phase 0 or before a disaster to identify the risks and bring in the needed preparedness measures; During the disaster or within the first to 15 days to save and sustain lives as well as to protect the livelihood in the affected area, and after the disaster to identify what restorations are needed to be done and what essential services are needed to be established, Rojas explained. (JDP/CCD & S. Guarin –PIA CAR/ UP Intern)