By Ollyn Rey Balignot

From December 16 – 19, 2021, TY ODETTE hit the country, leaving behind extensive losses and damages in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and CARAGA. The NDRRMC determined that the identified regions meet the requirements for declaring the State of Calamity. The NDRRMC subsequently issued Resolution No. 12, s. 2021, directing the abovementioned RDRRMCs to conduct PostDisaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).

As such, the NDRRMC through its Member Agencies, conducted Regional PDNAs and formulated Rehabilitation and Recovery Programs (RRPs) for TY ODETTE from December 27, 2021 to January 31, 2022 for consideration in the FY 2022 NDRRM Fund and to coincide with the preparation of the FY 2023 National Expenditure Program. The PDNA and the RRPs are to be presented to the NDRRMC on or before February 18, 2022. To ensure compliance with DOH AO No. 2020-0015, or the Guidelines on the Risk-Based Public Health Standards for COVID-19 Mitigation, a blended PDNA approach was considered for this purpose.

Pursuant to the NDRRMC Memorandum No. 153, s. 2021 Re: Conduct of Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) relative to the onslaught of TY ODETTE [IN: RAI]; personnel of National Government Agencies, Constitutional Offices, State Universities and Colleges, GOCCs, R/P/C/M DRRMs, Provincial Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, Local Sanggunian, CSOs, NGOs, and Private Individuals were assigned to participate in the conduct of Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).

In the case of Region IX and/or RDRRMC IX, we were requested to augment and to provide PDNA Team contingent in Caraga Region particularly in Siargao Islands, Province of Surigao del Norte.

Siargao Islands are composed of two islands, the mainland Siargao, of which, there were eight (8) municipalities, namely, Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, and Santa Monica, and the Bucas Grande Island, in which, the Municipality of Socorro is situated.

Photos 1a and 1b. Office of Civil Defense, Regional Office IX (OCD, RO-IX), being the chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council – IX (RDRRMC-IX), conducted a send-off ceremony for the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Team for CARAGA Region on January 4, 2022.
Photos 2a – 2c. Orientation on Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted by the Office of Civil Defense – Caraga. The said orientation was held in Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City.
Photos 3a and 3b. Preparing the primary provisions of the team for the smooth conduct of PDNA and on-site validation.
Photos 4a – 4c. Courtesy Call to the Municipal Mayor and other Government Officials of Socorro, Surigao del Norte and interview for baseline data gathering.
Photos 5a and 5b. Presentation of gathered data through exit conference with the Municipal Mayor and other government officials of Socorro, Surigao del Norte.
Photos 6a-6d. Actual field validation of the damages in the Municipality of Socorro, Surigao del Norte.
Photos 7a-7j. Actual field validation of the damages in the Municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte.
Photos 8a-8j. Actual field validation of the damages in the Municipality of Burgos, Surigao del Norte.

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