TACLOBAN CITY, June 20 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Eastern Visayas launched the rapid damage assessment and pre-disaster risk assessment training for local government units in Leyte province.

Joining the ongoing training are 43 municipal social welfare development officers and local disaster risk reduction management officers from in Leyte province.

DSWD Regional Director Restituto Macuto emphasized the importance of coordination, cooperation, and proper communication for an effective disaster response.

Composition of the Response Cluster chaired by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), with DSWD as Vice-Chair and DepEd, DOH, OCD, DILG as members.

Macuto reiterated the need to teach family on disaster preparedness and talk about it even on their dining tables.

“Parents may start teaching their children on proper way of garbage disposal since solid waste clogs our drainage system, especially in urban areas,” he said.

He urges the participants of the training to immediately share the knowledge they acquired in their training to the people in their locality.

OCD Assistant Regional Director Rey Gozon conveyed his appreciation to local government units for sending participants in the training.

Gozon added that the same training will also be held in high-risk provinces of Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, and Eastern Samar, which are prone to flooding and landslide. (PNA)