Over the past years, Aurora Province has been frequently visited by natural disasters which triggered the occurrence of natural hazards such as floods, landslides & storm surge. More so, occasional earthquake in the province indicates that it can happen anytime and no one can be spared from its effects and damages unless early preparedness and action plan are set in place. The creation of Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) is an answered prayer to somehow prevent and mitigate the effects of natural disasters. This can be achieved by implementing required actions and measures pertaining to all aspects of disaster risk reduction and management, including good governance, risk assessment and early warning, knowledge building and awareness raising, reducing underlying risk factors and preparedness for effective response and early recovery.

We, at the Aurora PDRRMO, are always committed and in full support in promoting and ensuring effective implementation of DRRM plans and programs in the province that will ensure the province’s long term goal of being a climate change-adaptive and disaster-resilient community.

Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) was officially created through Provincial Ordinance No. 190 enacted by Sangguniang Panlalawigan on May 31, 2011 and approved by the Governor on June 13, 2011. PDRRMO created with PDRRM Officer plantilla position filled-up on October 1, 2011. The PDRRMO consists of three (3) divisions, namely: a) Administration and Training Division; b) Research and Planning Division; and c) Operations and Warning Division. 

The PDRRMO shall implement the required actions and measures pertaining to all aspects of disaster risk reduction and management, including good governance, risk assessment and early warning, knowledge building and awareness raising, reducing underlying risk factors and preparedness for effective response and early recovery. The PDRRMO shall have the authority, responsibility and prohibited acts in the performance of its functions as enumerated under the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121), policy direction as provided for by resolutions made by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and/or as may be assigned by the Governor.

Mandate

Mandated agency of the Provincial Government of Aurora (PGA) responsible for setting the direction, development, implementation and coordination of disaster risk reduction and management programs within the Province of Aurora.

Vision

A vanguard of the Provincial Government of Aurora (PGA) in alleviating and controlling the impact of disaster in the community to attain its end, a resilient and progressive province.

Mission

To establish a well-equipped and disaster-prepared community and to enhance the province response capacity and disaster management.


Organizational Chart


Citizen’s Charter

Program and Services

  • Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support Training
  • DRRM Information and Education Campaign (IEC)
  • Earthquake/Fire/Tsunami/Flood Drill
  • Search, Rescue, Retrieval Operations and assistance
  • Monitoring of High Risk Areas subject for Mitigation and SOlution
  • Provide 24/7 rescue operation/assistance

Frontline Services Offered

  • Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support Training
  • DRRM Information and Education Campaign (IEC)
  • Earthquake/Fire/Tsunami/Flood Drill
  • Search, Rescue, Retrieval Operations and Assistance

Frontline Services

I. Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

StepsTransaction/DurationResponsible PersonFees
1. Written Request Letter2 minutesInformation/Records OfficerNone
2. Approval of the Request5 minutesPDRRM OfficerNone
3. Arangement and Finalization of Training10-15 minutesPDRRM Officer/TrainingNone

II. Earthquake/Fire/Tsunami/Flashflood Drills

StepsTransaction/DurationResponsible PersonFees
1. Written Request Letter2 minsInformation/Records OfficerNone
2. Approval of the Request5 minsPDRRM OfficerNone
3. Arrangement and Finalization of Training10-15 minsPDRRM Officer/TrainersNone

III. Record of Post-Disaster

StepsTransaction/DurationResponsible PersonFees
1. Written Request Letter2 minsInformation/Records OfficerNone
2. Approval of the Request5 minsPDRRM OfficerNone
3. Release of Request Records10-15 minsPDRRM Officer/TrainersNone

Organizational Structure

Aurora Provincial DRRM Council (PDRRMC)

The Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) was first established by virtue of Executive Order (EO) No. 02, series  2011 and reorganized through Executive Order (EO) No. 01, Series 2013 and  EO No. 16-0027 Series 2016 to establish a coherent and integrated disaster risk reduction and management system and climate change adaptation in the province. The PDRRMC was reorganized as follows:

The Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (APDRRMC) have the following functions and responsibilities:

  1. Approve, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Provincial DRRM Plan, and annually review and test the plan consistent with other national and local planning programs;
  2. Ensure the integration of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) into local development plans, Annual Investment Plan (AIP) and the LDRRM Fund as a strategy in sustainable development and poverty reduction in the province;
  3. Ensure the incorporation of comprehensive and efficient DRRM programs in the AIP of all concerned government offices and agencies in the province;
  • Consolidate the DRRM Plans and Contingency Plans of the eight municipalities of the province, and incorporate such plans in the PDRRM Plan;
  • Oversee the implementation of the programs and plans of the Municipal and Barangay DRRM Councils;
  • Recommend to the Municipal and Barangay DRRM Councils the implementation of forced and pre-emptive evacuation of local residents in their territorial jurisdiction, if necessary;
  • Take the lead in coming-up measures to avoid man-made and natural disasters in the province, and to respond, rehabilitate, and mitigate their impacts in affected communities;
  • Exercise general supervision over the activities and operations of the Aurora Provincial DRRM Office;
  • Recommend to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan the passage of Resolutions and Ordinances that enhance the APDRRMC plans and programs on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation in the province;
  • Recommend to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare the entire province or portion thereof under State of Calamity, or lift said declaration, based on the damage assessment and needs analysis;
  •  Supervision of established Provincial DRRM-Operations Center which functions 24/7 daily and shall serve as the nerve or command center for coordination of all units and service sectors and other agencies of the government as well as NGO’s and private sectors at the onset, during and post disaster activities;
  • Formulate policies for the efficient operation and management of the PDRRM-Operations Center, with organized, equipped and trained Search and Rescue or Emergency Response Teams; and
  • Act on other matters relating to disaster risk reduction and management in consonance with the approved plans of the Council and the guidelines provided under Republic Act 10121 and its implementing rules and regulations.

Provincial DRRM Office (PDRRMO)

The Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) serves as the Secretariat and executive arm of the APDRRMC. The PDRRMO shall perform the following functions with impartiality given the emerging challenges brought by disasters:

  1. Design, program, and coordinate disaster risk reduction and management activities consistent with the National Council’s standards and guidelines;
  2. Facilitate and support risk assessments and contingency planning activities at the local level;
  3. Consolidate local disaster risk information which includes natural hazards, vulnerabilities and climate change risks, and maintain a local risk map;
  4.  Organize and conduct training, orientation, and knowledge management activities on disaster risk reduction and the management at the local level;
  5. Operate a multi- hazard early warning system, linked to disaster risk reduction to provide accurate and timely advice to national or local emergency response organizations and to the general public, through diverse media, particularly radio, landline communications, and technologies for communications within rural communities;
  6. Formulate and implement a comprehensive and integrated PDRRMP in accordance with the national, regional and provincial framework and policies on disaster risk reduction in close coordination with the Local Development Council ( LDC);
  7. Prepare and submit to the local Sanggunian through the PDRRMC and the LDC the annual PDRRMO Plan and Budget, the proposed programming of the LDRRMF, other dedicated disaster risk reduction and management resources, and other regular funding source/s and budgetary support to the PDRRMO;
  8. Conduct continuous disaster monitoring and mobilize instrumentalities and entities of the Provincial Government, CSO’s, Private Groups, and organized volunteers, to utilize their facilities and resources for the protection and preservation of life and properties during emergencies in accordance with existing policies and procedures;
  9. Identify, assess and manage the hazards, vulnerabilities and risks that may occur in their locality;
  10. Disseminate information and raise public awareness about those hazards, vulnerabilities and risks, their nature, effects, early warning signs and counter-measures;
  11. Identify and implement cost- effective risk reduction measures/ strategies;
  12. Maintain a database of human resource, equipment, directories, and location of critical infrastructures and their capacities such as hospitals and evacuation centers;
  13. Develop, strengthen and operationalize mechanisms for partnership or networking with the private sector, CSO’s and volunteer groups;
  14. Take all necessary steps on a continuing basis to maintain, provide, or arrange the provision of, or to otherwise make available, suitably trained and competent personnel for effective civil defense and disaster risk reduction and management in its area;
  15. Organize, train, equip and supervise the local emergency response teams and the ACDV’s, ensuring that humanitarian aid workers are equipped with basic skills to assist mothers to breastfeed;
  16. Respond to and mange to adverse effects of emergencies and carryout recovery activities in the affected area, ensuring that there is an efficient mechanism for immediate delivery of food, shelter and medical supplies for women and children, endeavor to create a special place where internally displaced mothers can find help with breastfeeding, feed and care for their babies and give support to each other;
  17. Within its area, promote and raise public awareness of and compliance with this Act and legislative provisions relevant to R.A. No. 10121;
  18. Serve as the Secretariat and executive arm of the PDRRMC;
  19. Coordinate other disaster risk reduction and management activities;
  20. Establish linkage/ network with other LGU’s for disaster risk reduction and emergency response purposes;
  21. Recommend through the PDRRMC the enactment of local ordinances consistent with the requirements of R.A. No. 10121;
  22. Implement policies, approved plans and programs of the LDRRMC consistent with the policies and guidelines laid down under R.A. No. 10121;
  23. Establish a Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center;
  24. Prepare and submit, through the PDRRMC and the LDC, the report on the utilization of the PDRRMF and other dedicated disaster risk reduction management resources to the local Commission on Audit ( COA), copy furnished the regional director of the OCD and the Local Government Operations Officer of the DILG; and
  25. Act on other matters that may be authorized by the PDRRMC and the Governor.

In the exigency of service and in the interest of public service and to fully operationalize the PDRRMO so as to exercise all its mandated powers, duties, and functions geared towards the attainment of the goals of Provincial Government of Aurora (PGA), it is imperative to strengthen and reorganize the current organizational structure of PDRRMO.


Risk Profile

Due to its geographical location and physical environment, the province of Aurora is susceptible to various types of natural hazards and to the potential impacts of climate change. The province of Aurora is considered as one of the most vulnerable provinces in the Philippines due to presence of hydro-meteorological and geological hazards. Due to its topography and presence of six major rivers, the province is prone to hydro-meteorological hazards such as floods, rain-induced-landslide and storm surge. Moreover, Aurora is prone to geologic hazards such as earthquake related hazards like ground shaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, earthquake induced landslide and tsunami due to proximity to Casiguran Fault and Gabaldon Fault and other faultlines. Other earthquake generators that can affect Aurora and vicinity include Philippine Fault Zone (PFZ), East Zambales Fault (EZF), West Valley Fault (WVF), Iba Fault (IF), Manila Trench and East Luzon Trough. 

The frequent hazard affecting the province is flashflood due to tropical cyclones that frequently visits the province and during the monsoon season. Out of 20 tropical cyclones per year that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), 3.4 tropical cyclones or 17% directly affect the province of Aurora. The Province of Aurora faces the Pacific Ocean and has no barriers to shield it from typhoons coming from the east. The main risk months occur from June to November.

Flood-prone areas in Aurora include the influence areas of the six major rivers, namely: Aguang in Baler; Calabgan in Casiguran; Ditale and Ditubunan in Dipaculao; and, Ibuna and Sinagnuan in Dingalan. These areas have been the subject of seasonal destructive flash flooding which caused substantial damage to agricultural land and crops, infrastructure, dwelling and occasional loss of lives. The primary factor which contributes to the occurrence of these hazards is the denudation of the forest cover in the upper watersheds and river tributaries. This causes heavy siltation resulting in the incapability of the river waterways to handle heavy flash flood water flow from the rain catchment areas.

With the climatic projections of PAGASA, the province of Aurora is going to be warmer (projected temperature increase), and at the same time, drier (projected rainfall decrease), with higher number of extreme dry days for the next 20 or 50 years from the baseline. The Type II Climate for Aurora is a deviation from Type IV Climate it had during the past years where rainfall was almost evenly distributed during the whole year. Evidently, the climate change brought about by the increase in global temperature resulted to the reclassification of climate type of the province.

The effects of climate change are now being felt throughout the world in periods of long drought, abnormal deluges and floods, sea level rise, and more unpredictable weather conditions which have adverse impacts on the economy, environment and communities. This will likely affect the farming communities in Aurora, since they are most vulnerable to changes in rainfall and temperature patterns that could limit food supply, alter cropping seasons, increase incidence of pests and diseases, and ultimately lead to declining agricultural productivity. Furthermore, altered weather patterns increases the risks of flood, calamities and disasters. This phenomenon will adversely affect the people’s livelihood (farming, fishing and tourism) which is highly dependent on natural resources, thereby exacerbating the poverty situation in the area. Increase in temperature will directly affect watersheds and consequently the water supply. Worst, Aurora, as a coastal area, is highly vulnerable to sea level rise.


Accomplishment

The consolidated accomplishment report, covering CY 2013-2018, includes various activities, programs and/or projects conducted by the three (3) divisions of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), namely: Administration and Training Division, Research and Planning Division and Operations and Warning Division. Also included are the programs and projects of other concerned member offices of Provincial DRMM Council which are funded under 5% LDRRM Fund.

As stipulated in Section 21 0f RA 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010), the Local DRRM Fund amounting to not less than five percent (5%) of the estimated revenue from regular sources shall be set aside to support DRRM programs and activities. Whereas, the thirty percent (30%) allocated for Quick Response Fund (QRF) to be used during state of calamity.  On the other hand, the seventy percent (70%) shall be intended for implementation of four DRRM thematic areas, namely: a) Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, b) Disaster Preparedness, c) Disaster Response and d) Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery.


A. THEMATIC AREA 1: DISASTER PREVENTION AND MITIGATION

1) Development of local disaster and climate change plans, policies and systems.

2) Construction of Flood Control and Other Infrastructure Projects

3) Agricultural Production Resiliency Program

The Agricultural Production Resiliency Program is being supervised by Office of Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) which includes massive Information Campaign on Crop Insurance and Climate Change Adaptation in 8 municipalities, sufficient buffer stocking of certified agricultural seeds and provision of pesticides/insecticides.

4) Environmental Conservation and Protection Program

The Environmental Conservation and Protection Program is under the supervision of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (ENRO) that ensures strict monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws, tree planting, rehabilitation of denuded forest, riverbanks and other public lands, IEC on kaingin and other environmental laws and Strengthening of Provincial Task Force Sagip Kalikasan.

5) Prevention and Control of the Entry of Trans-Boundary Animal Diseases (TAD)

Prevention and Control of the Entry of Tans-Boundary Animal Diseases (TAD) is being implemented by Office of Provincial Veterinary Office which targets two operational quarantine checkpoints and zero occurrence of trans-boundary animal diseases.

6) Institutionalization of Communication System between provincial municipal and barangay

Strengthened communication system, in collaboration with Local DRRM Councils, in Monitoring and Reporting Disaster Incidents (thru radio communication).


B. THEMATIC AREA 2: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

1) Massive Information, Education and Communication (IEC)/Advocacy Campaign regarding disaster, hazards and climate change

Province-wide IEC/Advocacy Campaign is being conducted whole-year round, whereas massive IEC activities being held during National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) Celebration every July. In addition, PDRRMO collaborated with two (2) radio stations for the regular plugging of DRRM programs. Likewise, orientations, assemblies and film showing are conducted at schools.

Localized IEC/Advocacy Materials were developed, reproduced, posted and distributed to eight (8) component municipalities, barangays, schools and other key stakeholders concerning disaster, hazards and climate change. Updated hazard maps are also distributed to eight municipalities.

2) Conduct of DRRM Skill Enhancement Trainings/Capability Building

Local DRRM Councilss are strengthened and empowered thru conduct of skill enhancement trainings/capability building activities which include Standard First-Aid, Basic Life Support and Community-Based DRRM Trainings.

  • Incident Command System Training Courses
  • Camp Evacuation Management
  • Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Training
  • Safety Training
  • Training on Standard First Aid/Basic Life Support with Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Basic Water Safety
  • Rescue and Lifeguarding
  • Training on Early Warning System (EWS)
  • Ambulance Management Training
  • Community-Based DRRM Training (CBDRRM)
  • Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) Training

3) Earthquake, Fire, Flood and Tsunami Drills in the Community

Community drills on earthquake, fire, flood and tsunami efficiently conducted in hospital, schools and barangays in collaboration with OCD 3, PNP, BFP and MDRRMOs. Annually, Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) is conducted every quarter as per directive of the NDRRMC not only as a display of response capacities among Local Government Units (LGUs) but also as a way of testing existing plans as well as strengthen interoperability among assisting LGUs.

4) Operationalization of 24/7 PDRRM Operations Center

The PDRRMO through the Operations Center (OPCEN) supports and assists the PDRRMC during disaster response operations. The OPCEN is the conduit for all disaster response operations connecting the different agencies that are members of the PDRRMC. Provincial DRRM-OPCEN which functions 24/7 daily serve as the nerve or command center for coordination of all units and service sectors and other agencies of the government as well as NGO’s and private sectors at the onset, during and post disaster activities.

5) Purchase of disaster response and rescue equipment, transportation equipment and other preparedness equipage

Procurement of search and rescue equipment, vehicle and other devices.

  • PDRRMO Rescue Vehicle & Equipment:
    • 3 Rescue Ambulance
    • 1 Rescue Vehicle
    • One Rescue Truck
  • Water Rescue Equipment & accessories
    • 5 Rescue Boat (3 Fiber Boat, 2 Rubber Boat)
    • 4 Outboard Motor (two 15hp, one 40hp, one 60hp)
    • Rope
    • Life jacket
    • Flotation ring
  • Extrication equipment
  •  PPEs, First Aid, Emergency Medical Paraphernalia and other equipage
  • One Rescue vehicle donated to San Luis, Aurora
  • One rescue ambulance was given to Dingalan, Aurora.

6) Prepositioning of food and non-food Items

The PSWDO ensures sufficient stockpile of food and non-food items for 8 municipalities to be distributed during occurrences of disaster. On the other hand, the Provincial Health Office ensure sufficient stockpile of medicines and medical supplies while Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) ensure sufficient stockpile of veterinary drugs and biologics.

7) Installation of Early Warning System

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), are currently implementing the project entitled “Deployment of Early Warning Systems in Disaster-Prone Areas (DEWS)” that primarily aims to deploy additional hydrometeorological devices and warning stations nationwide to further improve the country’s risk reduction and management measures. DEWS Projects entails deployment of more Automated Rain Gauges, Water Level Sensors, and Warning System that will improve local flood monitoring capabilities.

Fortunately, the province of Aurora is among the recipients of said DEWS Projects, whereas 8 Automated Rain Gauges (ARG), 8 Water Level Monitoring Station (WLMS) and 2 Warning Stations were donated by DOST to eight municipalities of Aurora. Memorandum of Agreement were executed between DOST and 8 municipalities in the implementation of DEWS Project. The province facilitated Awareness Seminar on DEWS Project which oriented the heads of provincial, municipal and barangay local government units (LGUs) as well as the heads of Local DRRM Offices on the purpose, uses and management of said EWS stations.

Listed below are the locations of hydrometeorological devices and warning stations deployed by DOST:


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Contact Information

Mailing AddressAurora Provincial Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Office
Brgy, Suklayin, Baler, Aurora
3200
Contact NumberHotline Numbers:
0933-852-3119
0918-662-6169
Telephone Number:
042-724-9511
Email Addressr3.pdrrmo.aurora@gmail.com
Social Media Accountshttps://www.facebook.com/pdrrmo.aurora
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