Resettled Communities Empowered By NHA

27 November 2012

MANILA, Philippines --- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has come up with measures to "empower" communities in its resettlement sites in times of calamities.

The measures were instituted after some of its resettlement sites particularly the Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez, Rizal were affected by the flooding due to non-stop monsoon rains in August this year.

NHA said that through the project-based Calamity Operation Project Engagement (COPE), it hopes to empower its communities with emergency preparedness skills as a "long term shelter response to calamities."

The NHA had issued Memorandum Circular No. 2465 which defines the "guidelines by which NHA shall assist its communities and project beneficiaries in times of calamities; and implement mitigating measures through a Disaster Risk Reduction Plan in coordination with the National and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Agencies as a long term response."

Rescue, relief and evacuation operations shall likewise be implemented during emergencies, the NHA said.

The agency directed "all Area Management Officers (AMOs) specially in high risks and or with potentially hazardous/threats in identified sites to incorporate in their physical development plans a Disaster Risk Reduction Plan."

"Further, they are tasked to execute a regular emergency preparedness program in their areas of responsibility," the agency ordered.