'Twinning' eyed to improve disaster response

Posted at 06/14/14 3:53 PM

MANILA - Disaster officials and local government leaders are scheduled to meet next week to discuss ways to improve their preparations and response to disasters.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said it is studying a system called "twinning," a method of cooperation where local governments work with designated counterparts or "twins" who will act as second responders should their partner LGUs fail to respond in disasters.

The system aims to speed up response to disasters while waiting for help from the national government.

Undersecretary Alex Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and concurrent administrator of the OCD, will be meeting with his directors next week to discuss the twinning concept.

He told ANC they will also look into other concerns like logistics and funding, but noted these should not be a constraint in the plan's implementation.

According to Pama, they also plan to reach out to television networks to incorporate disaster awareness and response in portions of prime time programs for the benefit of the public.

"We do appreciate the wide reach of mass media particularly prime time television. We want to reach out to our mass base, to bring important information on preparedness on calamities," he said. - ANC