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PR 07222020

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council provided guidance for authorities involved in DRRM and the general public for rainy season preparedness measures with adherence to public health protocols amid the COVID-19.

NDRRMC issued a memorandum that outlined rainy season preparedness measures for NDRRMC member agencies and response clusters, local government units and local DRRM offices, and the general public.

NDRRMC member agencies and response clusters are advised to undertake risk-informed decision making by the use of scientific data on the imminent risks in the country wherein Department of Health is required to provide data on the demographic profile of low to high risks to COVID-19 areas to be used as decision making reference.

The memorandum also stated measures such as activation of National Disaster Response Plan aligned with Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolutions and Guidelines and the DOH Guidelines on Risk Based Public Health Standards for COVID-19 Mitigation, the conduct of Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment and other related meetings via online, inventory of resources, checking of vital facilities, stockpiling of relief, and other essential logistical requirements, as well as implementation of health protocols during duty at the Emergency Operations Center.

Meanwhile, as localized preparedness and response efforts are necessary, LGUs are guided to implement harmonized concepts from Operation Listo Manual, and the DOH Guidelines on Risk Based Public Health Standards for COVID-19 Mitigation, maintain science and evidence-based decision through PDRA, consult with warning agencies, and activate Emergency Operations Center, Incident Management Team, budget and logistical requirements for the response.

The memorandum also advised LGUs to prepare for the impacts of rainy season to vital facilities, increase capability to stockpile food and non-food items, explore incident management options that are aligned with the COVID-19 response operations, secure safety of responders which includes the use of Personal Protective Equipment, and maintain implementation of other safety measures.

Moreover, LGUs are instructed to have an inventory of evacuation centers that are not listed as quarantine facilities, include demographic profile relative to COVID-19 in evacuation plan, ensure physical distancing in evacuation centers, provide priority to vulnerable citizens, and administer proper distribution of relief goods by designating areas with safety markings.

The memorandum also advised the public to monitor weather news updates, warning, and advisories, prepare “go bag” that has food packs, clothes, whistle, flashlight, and other important emergency items, continue to practice respiratory etiquette, sanitation, and physical distancing at all times, and wear face masks.

Elderly, individuals with underlying conditions, persons with disabilities, children, and pregnant women are advised to stay at home and limit their travel however when the need for preemptive evacuation arises, the said individuals must limit the exposure and contact to other people.

NDRRMC also encouraged its partner stakeholders to coordinate with LGUs in the prepositioning of resources and other preparedness activities.

NDRRMC member agencies continue to outline more appropriate mechanisms for recurring hazards as country is facing unprecedented challenges due to pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense as the implementing arm of NDRRMC will continue to fulfil its mandate to administer disaster preparedness and manage the consequences of disasters while it continues to carry out its part on COVID-19 response.

You may access the copy of memorandum through this link:
https://tinyurl.com/y9cfl5oa