“Being prepared for disaster is a hundred percent important because we will never know exactly when a calamity will hit.” These are the sentiments of Datu Elino Isidro of Brgy. Jose Rizal, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
With over six years of experience working for the Barangay Risk Reduction and Management (BRRM) Council, Datu Elino knows well that the best way to fight against disasters is having the right action plan.
That is why, along with 30 other barangay officials and members of the BRRM team, Hedcor held a Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) training to improve Barangays Sibulan and Jose Rizal’s knowledge on Safety and Risk Management Planning.
The training included workshops on formation of organizational structures in the BRRM, hazard identification and evaluation, and contingency planning. Discussions were facilitated by Beverly Mae Brevante, Supervising geologist of Mines and Geodetic Bureau. Because the said training is in partnership with WeatherPhilippines Foundation, topics such as storm tracking and weather tools were also covered.
Lalaine Lonzaga, Hedcor’s Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, emphasized the importance of knowledge when it comes to disasters. “More than any equipment, a barangay will be disaster resilient if they are risk informed”, Lonzaga shared. ”The BDRRM plan is a solution-focused and science-based method to protect a community from disaster.”
Aboitiz Foundation and WeatherPhilippines Foundation who partnered with Hedcor to make the event possible also shared the core of the said initiative.
"We believe that the communities are integral in strengthening the disaster resilience of our country. Our CBDRRM training sessions aim to help the barangays and help them deeply appreciate DRRM efforts so they can help implement them successfully at the community level," shared Maribeth L. Marasigan, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aboitiz Foundation.
The CBDRRM training certainly came in timely with the commemoration of the National Disaster Resilience Month.
“Very big thanks to Hedcor for conducting this training. This is very helpful to the community, added Datu Elino. “Barangay Jose Rizal’s capacity to respond to disasters is really improving throughout the years.”
Hedcor has been proactive in equipping its stakeholders with skills that can best prepare them for disasters. In 2018, Hedcor also held a First Aid and Basic Water Safety training to the said barangays along with the donation of medical equipment and supplies to further equip its communities.
Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower. It operates 21 run-of-river hydropower plants across the country and has a total gross capacity of 258 MW of clean and renewable energy.