Kinaadman Para sa Bayan: Disaster Risk Management


Lifestyle / Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Kinaadman (n.) Knowledge , wisdom

On the 5th of December , I went to the Barangay Center in Espana conducting an interview to one of the Barangay Officials there. Kuya Fernando “Jojo” Tugay gladly welcomed and willingly shared to me about the community and their disaster risk reduction and management.

The Talk & Community Walk

Kuya Jojo discussed the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management of Barangay 479, Zone 37, District 4. As far as what has been discussed, typhoon is the biggest diversity they have to face when it comes to natural disasters is a typhoon. A typhoon is an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterized by low atmospheric pressure, high winds, and heavy rain [1]. Moreover, as technologies developed such as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in predicting natural phenomenon as this, it lessens the risk of the community and improve its safety. However, other disasters could not be predicted yet especially earthquake.

Kuya Jojo

The place is in a low lying area specifically in España where it is prone to flood. Not only it affects the area, but the health of every citizen which leptospirosis is evident. There’s no problem when it comes to the infrastructures since most is made from cement and is concrete.

Preparation is the key when it comes to facing theses disasters. The barangay has an evacuation center and usually they will evacuate in University of Santo Tomas and Ramon Magsaysay. According to Kuya Jojo, the community have never experienced yet evacuating in the evacuation centers since if there is a flood, there’s a second floor in every house of every citizen. Another thing to add is that Evacuation Centers in University of Santo Tomas and Ramon Magsaysay are for earthquakes. Moreover, every time it floods, the road is their huge problem. In fires and earthquakes, the ancestral houses and infrastructures are the problems.

Interviewing Kuya Jojo of the Community

Furthermore, what’s good in the barangay is that they have a DDRM community to assess these disasters where every equipment and service is ready. The walk protocol, CCTV, first aid kits and fire extinguishers are some of the example of these disaster risk management and reduction. They also have a vicinity map and inforgraphics to address some concerns and information of the community.

What I love in the community is how peaceful it si which reminds me of my hometown in Negros. It makes me want to go home due to its humble abode.

However, there are also hazardous places in the community particularly those on the main road (picture above on the community walk gallery) where most of the criminal activities occur – a number one danger according to Kuya Jojo. I wasn’t able to take a picture of myself during the community walk for safety reason. Regardless, good thing that the Barangays are always prepared to save the day! They have CCTV’s for the safety of every citizen living in the area. The streets are also the problem when its crowded and when there’s flood. They now have drainage systems to lessen the flood in the community. Also, there are stations of where you can easily access items such as first aid kits and fire extinguishers and rescue vehicles on the ready.

Reflection, Synthesis and Analysis

Because of this activity, it made me realized how a community works together to uplift and help each other out in every step of the way especially in dealing with natural disasters. The community was peaceful and the people there are heartwarming in welcoming and entertaining my companions. I completely respected the officials on how they were able to provide solutions to their community and be of service to their fellowmen. This goes to show how we Filipinos are there always to our fellow brothers and sisters in lending a hand.

Reference:

[1] Zehnder, J. (2019). Tropical cyclone. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/science/tropical-cyclone

Jia Marie Torres C-PHA-9

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