OPARR to lead in Post Disaster Needs Assessment
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, January 14(PIA) – A team headed by some personnel of the Office of the Presidential Assistance on Rehabilitation and Recovery(OPARR) and the Office of Civil Defence (OCD) is set to visit the most ravaged areas here of super typhoon “Yolanda”.
This was learned from Mr. Artemio Rebato of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(PDRRMC) here.
Rebato was in Cebu lately to attend the Orientation-Conference on Post Disaster Needs Assessment which was called for by OPARR.
According to him, a team will be in the province this week to conduct the post disaster assessment and they will be joined in by their local counterparts.
He added that by interviewing local residents and barangay officials and by mere observations on the present physical conditions of the ravaged place, the 15-member team will be able to validate the report which was earlier submitted to OCD.
Rebato perceives that after the validation process , OPARR will decide or determine the resources that would be appropriately granted and sent to the victims.
The validation activities here will be done from January 16 to 31 with only Sundays as break periods.
“The task is fairly meticulous which one validation for a single LGU might take a whole long day”, Rebato said.
Initially, Governor Conrado B. Nicart today sent letters to the nine mayors concerned for them to be informed of the forthcoming activity.
In order to ensure accuracy and authenticity of the gathered data, Gov. Nicart in his letter, requested for the mayors assistance together with their Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Officer(MDRRMO) and the LGU-Technical Working Group.
The team from Manila is expected arrive tomorrow and make a courtesy call with the governor. The organization of the local counterparts will also follow.
It was earlier reported that newly appointed rehabilitation czar and former Senator Panfilo Lacson had a glimpse of the places hard hit by super typhoon Yolanda when he visited Guiuan this province and Palo, Baybay city and Tacloban in Leyte to see for himself the damage caused by it. (PIA-Eastern Samar)