COTABATO CITY—In anticipation of the looming threat posed by Super Typhoon “Mawar” to the Bangsamoro region, the Bangsamoro Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BDRRMC) held an emergency meeting on Friday, May 26.
The primary objective of the meeting, chaired by Ahod Ebrahim, Chairperson of the BDRRM Council, was to assess the potential impact of the upcoming typhoon.
During the meeting, Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, Vice Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness and Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (BARMM-READi) Head, briefed the council on the activation of the BRAVO Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Protocol.
By activating the BRAVO EPR Protocol, the regional government, through the Bangsamoro DRRMC, is taking proactive measures to minimize the potential negative effects of the impending super typhoon on the region.
Following a comprehensive discussion, the council unanimously agreed to activate four response clusters: Search, Rescue, and Retrieval (SRR); Food and Non-Food Items (FNFI); Logistics; and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM).
This synchronized effort aims to ensure a streamlined and proficient disaster response, considering the situation has been classified as a ‘moderate risk’.
Representatives from various BARMM ministries, offices, and agencies, as well as PRO-BAR, OCD-BARMM, and LDRRMCs from Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Maguindanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, City of Marawi, and Cotabato City, attended the emergency council meeting.
BARMM Senior Minister Abunawas “Von Al-Haq” Maslamama also underscored the significance of the BDRRMC’s efforts in mitigating the potential impact of ST Mawar.
In an afternoon meeting led by Minister Atty. Raissa Jajurie, Vice Chairperson for Disaster Response of the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD), members of the activated response clusters collaborated to formulate an initial response plan. This proactive step ensures a swift and coordinated response to ST Mawar.
As of May 26, 11:00 PM, DOST-PAGASA said ST Mawar slightly weakens as it continues to enter the PAR with maximum sustained winds of 205 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 250 km/h.
The council’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of the Bangsamoro people is reflected in this decisive action. (Aisah Abas/BIO)