Buluan, MAGUINDANAO- OCD-ARMM is bent to strengthen the capacity building endeavors on disaster risk reduction management of this province through the conduct of "contingency plan formulation workshop" with the council members, technical staff and other concerned agencies on DRR at the provincial level.

The four-day activity participated in by at least forty representatives held from March 29-April 01, 2016 at the Women’s Center of the Provincial Government in Buluan town.

Myrna J. Angot, OIC of Civil Defense-ARMM, said the contingency planning is equally important so that the communities could have the capacity to identify possible hazards in their areas and through this, they will be able to formulate better disaster risk reduction and preparedness plan.

“Inclusive in the training workshop were the orientation on the Philippine DRRM system, the Incident Command System (ICS), the cluster approach, and not but not the least, the crafting of its own contingency plan,” said Angot.

Alexander Manuel, PDRRMO for Maguindanao, said that the goal of the plan is to safeguard the data, and if possible minimize disruption that would possibly keep everyone safe.

“For some they might have never used a contingency plan before, but I tell you it is very important to have one, and it’s a must that we keep it updated in the provincial level and train every concerned on what to do should there be a need in the future,” he said.

Accordingly, a contingency plan is meant to help network and coordinate individuals, agencies and organizations with the objective to have a rapid response. It also ensures the availability of resources and provides mechanism for decision-making scenarios that can be of help in disaster response and ultimately save lives if possible.

Lita Bona Enok, former Regional Director of OCD in Regions ARMM and XII, said the contingency plan is simply a mechanism to pull together resources.

“It is being done before the emergency event takes place. The contingency planning also involves making theories and developing scenarios upon which planning is based,” said Enok.