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DILG urges city’s barangays to submit disaster plan

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Department of Interior And Local Government (DILG) City Director Mohammad Taha Arakama is urging the different barangays here in Zamboanga City to submit their Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan.

Director Arakama reiterated this appeal to the barangay after it was found out that majority of the city’s 98 barangays have not yet submitted their barangay disaster plan to the DILG city office.

Zamboanga Today learned that as of the present there are only 25 barangays which have submitted their respective disaster plan to the office.

“We are enjoining those barangays which have not yet submitted their disaster plan to already submit their disaster plan to our office. They need to come up with their own disaster plan in the barangay so that they can utilize the 5 percent calamity fund in their barangay annual budget,” Arakama stressed in an interview.

Under the law, 5 percent of the barangay’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) is allocated for disaster or calamity fund wherein 70 percent of the fund shall be utilized for disaster preparedness and mitigation while the remaining 30 percent shall be used for procurement of foodstuff and other relief goods during time of actual natural or man-made calamities.

Most common natural calamities are typhoon, flooding, earthquake, and landslide while man-made calamities are fire, armed conflicts and terroristic attacks.

Meanwhile, last July 5, the City DILG conducted a disaster risk reduction seminar training and workshop for the first batch of participants coming from the several barangays in a bid to educate them on proper budget and utilization of barangay funds for disaster preparedness and prevention. This includes the efficient utilization of barangay funds for the said purpose.  Nica J. Locson & Kimberly S. Panarigan   WMSU JOURNALISM INTERNS




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