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OCD issues accreditation to volunteers for the Caraga catastrophe
The region’s Community Disaster Volunteers (CDVs) will start becoming accredited by the Office of Civil Defense in the Caraga Region (OCD-13).
On Tuesday, the OCD-13 will bring together all of the DRRMOs from the provinces, cities, and municipalities in the area for a one-day CDV orientation.
The OCD-13 released a statement in which it stated that the activity’s goal was to “establish the methods and requirements for the certification of the CVDs in the region.”
The agency noted that in addition to certification, the effort will also cover mobilization and protection of the Caraga-based accredited CVDs.
The MDRRMOs in the province of Agusan del Norte will participate in the exercise, Erma Suyo, the PDRRMO of the province, said in a separate interview on Monday.
Suyo stated, “We have been striving to help develop disaster volunteer groups, especially in the municipalities, but we don’t have enough volunteers here in the province.
She said that the exercise will assist the province’s PDRRMOs and MDRRMOs in recruiting more volunteers, particularly at the local level.
The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (Republic Act 10121) mandates the preparations for CDV accreditation.
According to the statute, the OCD is tasked with developing the requirements and process for hiring accredited CDVs.
The OCD is also required to create and construct the manual of operations for the approved CDVs after consulting with relevant stakeholders.
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