The lack of funds did not deter award-winning local disaster risk reduction management councils (LDRRMCs) from coming up with initiatives to be able to reach out to their constituents and warn them of possible hazards coming.
Mayor Christine Garin of Guimbal municipal in sharing her town’s good practice on DRRM said that they have to resort to community-based strategies which they have proven to be effective and ultimately earn them the national Gawad Kalasag award for the 4th to sixth class category.
Garin said that among others they made use of color coding where they identify possible disasters and use colors to indicate the risks. Further, they also solicit the involvement of everyone even they encouraged simulations of how the people should react in case of disaster in every barangay.
Schools in Guimbal also have their own disaster plan, she added.
Guimbal is slated to receive a Hall of Fame Award next year for winning three consecutive years in their category.
Meantime, the San Jose de Buenavista made use of the new media, especially the chicka.com in sending out warning to their constituents in times of emergencies.
This capital town of Antique, which is a national Gawad Kalasag Awardee under the 1st to 3rd class municipality has made use of the available technology to ensure that their people are fully informed.
The towns of Guimbal and San Jose were two of the national Gawad Kalasag awardees who shared their best practices during the last quarter meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and Gawad Kalasag here Thursday.