May 29, 2024

BANGUED, Abra – This province hosted the second leg of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-led 2023 Resilience Caravan last week.

The RDRRMC led by its chairperson, Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Director Albert A.

Mogol, held a conference with the Provincial DRRM Council members and local DRRM officers on the status of the recovery programs on the effects of last year’s magnitude 7 earthquake.

In the Cordillera, around P2.3 billion was appropriated for the recovery and rehabilitation programs and most are in Abra, which was hit hard by the earthquake.

“Through the efforts of everyone, during disasters and calamities, we are one. ‘Yan ang kagandahan sa ating mga Filipino. We really feel the spirit of binnadang that we are proud of here in our region,” Mogol said.

“That is the very purpose of this caravan, para ‘yong actions natin towards recovery is unified, we have common effort and we have common objective,” he added.

Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD)-Cordillera Maria Amoroso also presented the status of the government’s pabahay program for the quake-affected families in the province.

Under the pabahay grant, the DHSUD will develop more than 120 house units in Barangay Basbasa, Tayum.

The agency will also be contracting a four-story condominium type housing in Villaviciosa in partnership with the National Housing Authority for families in need of relocation.

Mogol lauded the Provincial and Local DRRM Councils of Abra for striving through the challenges brought by the recent calamities.

Part of the caravan was a DRRM Expo and Marketplace where the Red Cross and some local government units displayed their emergency kits and gears. The expo brought together DRRM stakeholders from government agencies and LGUs to showcase and highlight the best practices in DRRM and climate change adaptation. – Christian Allister Tubadeza