May 27, 2024

Just as we are addressing the effects of El Niño, La Niña now tests our preparedness and capabilities to respond effectively and efficiently in times of crisis.
Being the lead agency to disaster operations in the Cordillera, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Disaster Response Management Division has lined up projects and activities in preparedness for and mitigation of the possible impacts of La Niña.
These efforts include strengthening of information and education campaign (IEC) on disaster preparedness utilizing the quad-media; capacitating the DSWD workforce to increase their competency in response management; localizing the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center Information System; prepositioning of welfare goods; and expanding partnerships with other non-government associations and non-government organizations.
This year’s Oplan La Niña Action Plan seals the commitment of the DSWD to continue its efforts in addressing the impact of these natural occurrences that greatly affect our communities, especially the vulnerable sector.
Yet, our journey towards resilience is not one agency’s task to undertake alone. It is a collective effort, woven together by partnerships and cooperation of both the agencies involved and the people.
By enhancing coordination and interoperability, we strengthen the organization of our community, ensuring that no challenge is too great to overcome.
As we also lay down our plans, let us also heighten the awareness and readiness of everyone. Our endeavors must encompass not only the anticipation of hazards but also the dissemination of knowledge and the strengthening of resilient attitudes.
Integrated IEC initiatives serve as our guide towards disaster preparedness. Through capacity building efforts, including training and simulations, we strengthen our skills and systems to capacitate our workforce and general public and through the mobilization of resources and the preparation of continuity plans, we ensure the continuity of essential services even during disasters.
Also, from risk assessments to contingency plans, every effort is a step towards ensuring that we are equipped with the right knowledge and right attitude to confront hazards with assurance.
As the vice chairperson for the Disaster Response and Early Recovery Pillar of the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, I would like to extend our gratitude for your dedication and expertise that you have selflessly shared that made Oplan La Nina possible.
To the general public, your vigilance is our first line of defense.
Stay informed, stay vigilant, stay prepared, and stay proactive.
It is in our collective endeavors that we find the strength to face any challenge, emerging stronger and more united than ever before. — MARIA C. APLATEN, Ph.D., DSWD-Cordillera director