The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is bringing disaster preparedness down to the level of families, the basic unit of society.
DILG Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the Listong Pamilyang Pilipino, focusing on the family and household level preparedness, is the third component of the Operation Listo, the Department’s advocacy program that strengthens the preparedness of local government units (LGUs) for disasters using the whole-of-government approach.
The Operation Listo started in 2014 with Listong Pamahalaang Lokal which institutionalized local protocols for disaster preparedness, response and monitoring. The program was strategized to be more grassroot with its second component, the Listong Pamayanan, which is a capacity development intervention that started from LGUs and cascaded to the community.
“Now, the DILG in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be launching and rolling-out the Gabay at Mapa para sa Listong Pamilyang Pilipino this year. It is a family guide to action before, during and after a disaster,” said Sarmiento.
Listong Pamilyang Pilipino, he said, also centers on family development sessions with Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) families and Family HOUR (Home Operations and Unified Response) meetings.
Moreover, he shared that for this year, the Operation Listo includes creation and follow-through activities of the national association of local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices (DRRMOs), development and roll-out of the community drills for tsunami or storm surge, and development and roll-out of the community-based DRRM.
The Secretary said he has enjoined all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, DILG regional, provincial, city directors, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), chiefs of police and city and municipal fire marshalls to participate in the activities under the components of the Operation Listo.
The DILG is the Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness in the DRRM Act of 2010 or Republic Act 10121. # Source – www.dilg.gov.ph