Muntinlupa City is taking disaster preparedness to the next level by actively searching for the best-equipped barangay to deal with emergencies.
Barangay Sucat emerged on top of the first-ever Search for Most Resilient Barangay in Muntinlupa, with the winners announced on October 2 by the city’s Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (DDRM).
“We are proud of our barangays for taking disaster preparedness and resilience seriously. Having our disaster response elevated at the local level gives assurance to Muntinlupeños that we are ready to deal with natural disasters and emergencies the best we can,” Mayor Ruffy Biazon said.
Biazon led city officials in recognizing Sucat, which also received additional special citations on best practices for using household electronic ID, utilizing a barangay-wide early warning system, and having a fully operational Operations Center.
Barangay Chairperson Raffy Sevilla with barangay kagawads received a plaque and P200,000 worth of disaster response equipment on behalf of the winning barangay.
Aside from Sucat, other barangays in Muntinlupa also received significant awards, namely Poblacion (Special Citation for Best Practices on the Use of Digitized Disaster Response Inventory Database); Putatan (Special Citation for Best Practices on Effective Pre-positioning of Disaster Response and Rescue Equipment); and Bayanan (Special Citation for Best Practices on Effective Information, Education, and Communications).
The annual Search for Most Resilient Barangay in Muntinlupa is mandated by Executive Order No. 13, s. 2023, which aims to strengthen the functionality of the city’s barangays in the areas of risk reduction management, early warning systems, resource allocation, and competency.
In the last few months, the city’s nine barangays underwent a rigorous process by validators from the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC), evaluating specific areas of disaster preparedness, disaster prevention and mitigation, response and recovery, and rehabilitation.