The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 7 – Central Visayas, through its Disaster Response Management Division, held a virtual conference entitled “Enablement Session: Disaster Response Command Center (DRCC) and Disaster Response Operations Monitoring, Information, and Communications (DROMIC) Reporting Guidelines” for its City and Municipal Actions Teams (C/MATs) on March 20, 2024.

DSWD 7 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Juanito C. Cantero and over 130 C/MAT members in a virtual enablement session.

The activity aimed to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the C/MATs, enhance their understanding of the newly launched DRCC, and cascade guidance on data gathering on the ground following DROMIC reporting guidelines.

It includes a thorough discussion on the operational structure of DRCC in the DSWD Central Office and its adoption in the Field Offices, disaster incident monitoring procedures, and understanding of the new indicators, specifications, and enhanced guidelines of DROMIC Reporting.

In his opening message, DSWD 7 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Juanito C. Cantero encouraged the participants to ask questions on matters in which they might have concerns.

He also asked them to absorb the learnings, as these contribute significantly to their roles and responsibilities as the Field Office’s representatives in the field whenever a disaster hits.

Meanwhile, presenting the rationale of the activity, DSWD 7 Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) Chief Lilibeth A. Cabiara presented the Department’s strategy map, illustrating the planned course of action for the Sa Panahon ng Sakuna Buong Bansa Handa Project, which is one of the strategies to actualize its vision and execute its mission that is deeply rooted in its core values of Mapagkalinga, Matapat, and Maagap at Mahusay.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and KALAHI-CIDSS staff in various local government units composed the DSWD C/MATs. They are the Field Office’s foot soldiers and reliable sources of data and information in times of disasters and calamities. ###

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