PSTD Engr. Mario E. de la Peña turned (3rd from left) over the check to Mayor Richard C. Quezon of LGU Siquijor (3rd from right) as Grant-in-Aid Project. Also present during the turnover ceremony were DOST Siquijor PSTC staff Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing (leftmost), MPDC Engr. Gilbert Biones (2nd from left), Treasurer Furtonato Maglinte (2nd from right) and MDRRM Officer of LGU Siquijor (rightmost).
PSTD Engr. Mario E. de la Peña turned (3rd from left) over the check to Mayor Richard C. Quezon of LGU Siquijor (3rd from right) as Grant-in-Aid Project. Also present during the turnover ceremony were DOST Siquijor PSTC staff Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing (leftmost), MPDC Engr. Gilbert Biones (2nd from left), Treasurer Furtonato Maglinte (2nd from right) and MDRRM Officer of LGU Siquijor (rightmost).

The Department of Science and Technology here in Siquijor will help enhance the disaster prevention and mitigation (DRRM) capability of LGU Siquijor Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office through a Grant-in-Aid Project.

To realize this endeavor, the said GIA Project has recently been funded worth PhP383,600.00 after the LGU Siquijor’s proposal has been approved.

Provincial S&T Director Engr. Mario E. de la Peña personnaly turned over the fund to Mayor Richard C. Quezon at the LGU Siquijor Municipal Hall recently. The simple ceremony was witnessed by its officials and staff.

Earlier this this year, DOST Siquijor and LGU Siquijor inked a Memorandum of Agreement on the said GIA Project to formalize the former’s assistance to the latter.

Specifically, the project aims to provide technology support in enhancing the local MDRRM Office; to support the orientation/training of local DRRM officers and personnel, both male and female personnel, on appropriate disaster prevention and mitigation strategies, tools, and techniques; and to develop the institutional linkages and mechanisms needed to reinforce the MDRRM Office’s role in coordinating various local DRRM initiatives.

With the purchase of DRRM equipment as stipulated in the line item budget of the notarized MOA, the local DRRM office is expected to more effectively perform tis functions, especially those relating to disaster prevention and mitigation.

The implementation of this program shall be jointly carried out both by the Local Government Unit and the DOST Siquijor. The MDRRM Office shall serve as the focal office in carrying out the specific activities as provided in the implementation schedule and to ensure compliance of all requisites particularly on the procurement of the needed equipment. Moreover, all other activities that will require collaborative actions among other departments/agencies and will involve policy actions and directions, the office of the MDRRMO shall always coordinate with the office of the Municipal Mayor.

On the other hand, on the Monitoring component, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council shall closely monitor the activities indicated in the implementation schedule. It shall conduct monthly meeting to assess and evaluate the implemented interventions and to require the MDRRMO to submit performance report and to highlight areas with issues and concerns to be resolved. The DOST provincial office shall be furnished with these reports to raise awareness as to the progress and status of the implemented activities.

At the end of the implementation phase of the program, the MDRRMC and the LGU shall assess the general impact of the program whether it meet the objective in enhancing the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Capability of the Local Government Unit the Disaster Management Office. The DOST Office shall be furnished with this Assessment Result for their proper information and ready reference for future undertakings.

By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Analyst/IO-designate