In line with the preparations for Tropical Storm Glenda, the Office of Civil Defense 4A and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 4A headed by Director Vicente F. Tomazar conducted an emergency meeting together with the RDRRMC member agencies involved in disaster response on July 14 at the RDRRMC IV-A Conference Room, Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba City.
The meeting started with a pre-disaster risk assessment and analysis (PDRA) an innovation introduced by Admiral (Ret) Alexander P. Pama the new Civil Defense Administrator wherein disaster risks that might confront a community are assessed and analyzed based on actual demography and current scientific data gathered regarding a weather disturbance such as an approaching storm. The assessment was followed by discussions on the preparations and readiness profile of the agencies in conducting disaster response operations based on their reports/presentations. The agencies were required to report on their existing resources both in manpower and equipment including deployment plans. Director Tomazar reiterated the importance of real-time reporting among agencies on developments obtaining in the region and their concerns, that will guide the decision makers in addressing evolving situations during calamities. The attendees were further reminded on the activation of their operation centers to facilitate coordination and monitoring.
The emergency meeting was attended by representatives from the local government agencies and the uniformed services who are the first responders in a disaster, namely the Philippine National Police PRO IV-A, Bureau of Fire Protection IV-A, Philippine Coast Guard-Southern Tagalog, 202nd Brigade (Philippine Army – Southern Luzon Command), Department of Health IV-A, Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-A, the Department of Science and Technology IV-A, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.