Monday, June 5, 2017

Inabanga eyes focused tri-media 
disaster broadcasting to villages

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 1, (PIA)--Still striking for innovations despite establishing a clear lead in information dissemination of its programs and projects through the social media, Inabanga is at it again into the tri-media broadcasting to its villages.

For this, a core group of information officers under the Inabanga Communications and News Service (ICONS) including its disaster officer participated in a Philippine Information Agency Broadcasting Training for Communicating Disaster and Risk Reduction and Mitigation, May 20-30 at the Inabanga Municipal Hall.

Already adopting a consistent brand for its information materials and its social media account, ICONS and its disaster office now intends to build its disaster risk reduction information database to its communities through social media social cards and stand-up broadcasts. 

This is with the onset of the rainy season and the early southwest monsoon, according to Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Rodolfo Socorin. 

Inabanga sits on the delta of the Wahig Pamacsalan River, the largest and longest river system in Bohol.

A river with 37 tributaries, Wahig Pamacsalan empties into the heavily silted Inabanga River where communities build settlements just a few meters above the river. 

Still struggling to fully get up after the devastating 2013 earthquake, of which the epicentre was located in the town’s hinterland barangays of Anonang and forming a long uplift to about six kilometres to Barangay Napo, Inabanga’s waterlogged river communities have been identified as high risks of liquefaction, an Office of the Civil Defense Disaster Map showed.

At least 5 delta barangays and communities on both sides of the lazy Inabanga River, over 20 of them have been picked at high risk of flash floods, liquefaction and landslides.

Several of the town barangays also are situated in the steep mountains leading to Danao, where risks of landslides and is exacerbated by soil loosened by the earthquake, weathered by aftershocks and rainwater saturation.

Communicating this risks to communities need special training, Mayor Josephine Socorro Jumamoy stressed.

Recently, Inabanga figured in the national and international map for the incursion of the Philippine’s most notorious Muslim extremist groups.

Communicating and managing the information broadcast over the social media and mainstream media institutions proved to be an indication that a good rubbing on the media ethics and the Philippine broadcast policies is in order, councillor Jose Jono Jumamoy, who pushed for the broadcast training said. 

With 55 barangays, 29 of them identified as coastal, the risks of disaster both man-made and natural needs to be communicated further to forewarn communities of the risks, Mayor Jumamoy shared during the training. 

29 coastal barangays also remain at risk of water rise and potential southwest storm surges, chimed in Socorin, who added that information about the current disaster assessment are now spread through out the barangays.

But, he added the local government, despite issuing risk advisories for these communities with histories of flooding and slides, feel the need to do saturation drives to execute risk reduction measures. 

The Broadcast Training came in time, Mayor Jumamoy said as the administration intends to bring disaster risk reduction and mitigation to communities, to appraise people of their situation when disaster is eminent. 

Inabanga ICONS has successfully established a social media based broadcast system that sets daily information dissemination uploads now becoming a favorite among residents. 

The long term plan is to bring broadcast tri-media fora to communities, moderated by trained broadcasters and enhancing the engagement with communities, Inabanga Information Officer Frank Baylosis also revealed. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Inabanga Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Rodolfo Socorin browses through the OCD website to show the geo-hazard map of the town, while pushing for more focused group discussion in disaster risky communities during the broadcaster’s training in town. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)  

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