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Team Rubicon Australia shares disaster response expertise in CAR

Philippine Information Agency
18 Oct 2019, 22:38 GMT+10

LA TRINIDAD Benguet, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - Team Rubicon Australia, in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense(OCD) and the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices of the province of Benguet and the City Government of Baguio, conducted a four - day Rapid Damage Assessment Needs Analysis (RDANA) training of trainers at the Strawberry Valley Hotel, here.

RDANA is a disaster response tool that is used immediately during the early and critical onset of a disaster. Primarily, it works by providing a "snapshot" of the disaster situation as it determines the type and extent of damages brought about by a disaster, including its secondary threats, the critical needs of the affected population and the local response capacities.

Team Rubicon Australia is a non - government organization composed of military defense force veterans and military service first responders, which primary objective is to provide international disaster response assistance and help communities.

Forty five participants from the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council member agencies, Benguet provincial/municipal and Baguio LDRRMOs and civil society organizations were oriented with the concept of RDANA, its background, objectives processes and linkages to the Philippine DRRM System.

The concept of operations and the assessment methodologies as well as the needed preparations for an RDANA mission and operational knowledge and skills were also explained to the participants through interactive lecture discussion, group exercises and simulation exercises.

CRDRRMC chair and OCD - CAR Albert Mogol, in a statement, outlined the importance of having RDANA teams that are ready to be mobilized in times of disasters and emergencies as they can determine the immediate relief and response requirements and identify the magnitude of a disaster by focusing on the general impact on the society and the people's coping capacity.

He lauded the partnership with Team Rubicon Australia which is vital in responding to the rapidly changing landscape of emergency management.

"It will provide us with the means to learn new techniques in the conduct of RDANA particularly on the use of new technologies which makes the assessment more detailed, accurate and fast", Mogol said.

The RDANA training, the second batch of its kind, is just the beginning of an enduring relationship with the Philippines in the area of DRRM capacity building and disaster response operations, Team Rubicon Australia team leader Tony Griffiths said.

Aside from the training, Team Rubicon Australia has also been participating in medical missions and emergency simulation and lectures in schools in Baguio and Benguet. It provided assistance during the wake of Typhoon Ompong in September 2018 and has recently presented to the CRDRRMC their geologic hazard assessment in Itogon, Benguet. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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