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THE Sangguniang Barangay of 176, Caloocan City, Metro Manila visited the Kahublagan sa Barangay para sa Lapnagon nga Kahandaan sa Kalamidad (KABALAKA) Gallery of Iloilo City Government located at Ker and Company Building Jan. 23.


Twenty-eight barangay officials and members of Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) learned from KABALAKA’s best practice on disaster preparedness and resiliency, according to a report from the PIO.

“One of the things they want to learn from us is our preparedness and efforts in case of fire since their barangay has the greatest number of residents among villages in in Metro Manila,” said Franco Anthony Agudo of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.


The visitors also would like to replicate the information education campaign (IEC) materials produced by the Public Information Office wherein the information in brochures are in local dialect to be easily understood by the residents.


Agudo also shared about the incorporation of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens in disaster management plan of each barangay.


“We also shared to them that we are initiating KABALAKA camp wherein we teach students, through games, on how they could help their fellows in case of emergency like carrying them using blankets and not stretchers,” Agudo added.


The KABALAKA Gallery was launched under the Community-Based Adaptation and Resilience Against Disasters (CBARAD) project of CITYNET Yokohama and Yokohama City Government funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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