The Infrastructure Sector of the Cordillera PDNA Team inspects various infrastructure and facilities damaged by Typhoon Ompong in La Trinidad, Benguet (Photo credits: OCD-CAR)

A writeshop to consolidate the field data and draft the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report for Typhoon Ompong’s damages, losses and human recovery needs was held on November 19-21.   It was participated by the member-agencies of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC), LGU represent- atives, and some resource persons from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) – Central Office.

The PDNA is a site validation and assessment of damages, losses and human recovery needs caused by Typhoon on September 15.  Covering four thematic sectors, namely: production, social, infrastructure, and cross-cutting activities. The PDNA provides the basis for the financial requirements and priority programs to be incorporated in the Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan.

Aside from the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure following the “build forward better” principle, the PDNA report proposed programs that include the provision of alternative livelihood for small-scale miners, establishment of evacuation centers and resettlement areas for communities that are in hazardous locations, installation of early-warning systems in flood and slide-prone areas, as well as the funding of master plans for comprehensive flood risk management in flood-prone areas.

The North Luzon regions, including the Cordillera, were declared by the President under a state of calamity through Proclamation No. 593 on September 25.  In CAR, reports as of December 11 reveal that total damages and losses amount to Php 21.010 billion, while recovery needs are estimated at Php 17.403 billion.   About 100,200 families were affected by the typhoon and 116 fatalities reported primarily in the small-scale mining areas of Itogon, Benguet.

Eight teams of multi-disciplinary experts from the CRDRRMC member-agencies led by the OCD-CAR joined the two-week PDNA field missions in CAR’s six provinces and the City of Baguio.  Information technology experts from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) also joined to observe the data-gathering and stakeholder consultation process.  The UNDP consultants shall be designing an apps-based system to facilitate the PDNA with the electronic submission of reports from the field.

The PDNA report shall be reviewed by the CRDRRMC prior to presentation to the National DRRM Council for approval and fund sourcing.

NEDA-CAR, as a member of the CRDRRMC and chair of the Council’s Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee, is tasked to prepare the Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan.