The Parish Disaster Response Teams of the Archdiocese of Caceres, otherwise known as PaDReTeams, have been organized and are being prepared in the event that disasters strike the localities. This was revealed by Fr. Marc Real, Executive Director of Caritas – Caceres (Naga), Inc., the Social Action Commission of the Archdiocese of Caceres. The PaDReTeams will be composed of parish volunteers who have the passion and commitment to provide humanitarian service to victims of disasters. To prepare the PaDReTeam volunteers for emergency quick response, Caritas-Caceres has embarked on a disaster risk reduction and emergency response capacity building for the parishes in the Archdiocese of Caceres. Dubbed as “Capacitating the Parishes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response”, the one-day disaster risk reduction and emergency response orientations were initially conducted for the parishes of the Vicariates of St.Raphael the Archangel and the Vicariate of Our Lady of Perpetial Help. A total of twelve parishes have participated in the capacity building activity.
The overall objective of the capacity building DRR/ER training is to instill an appreciation of social action works as the basic foundation for the conduct of various social action works including the provision of emergency response during disasters. Through the training parish volunteers were provided with knowledge and skills on contingency planning and resource mapping and have become familiar with the Achdiocesan disaster response and management structure. The Archdiocesan disaster response management structure is headed by Archbisop Rolando J. Tria-Tirona O.C.D., D.D. Fr. Real serves as the head of the Archdiocesan Disaster Incident Command Center (ADICC), establishing partnerships with the Environment Disaster Manaement and Emergency Response Office (EDMERO), the provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center,
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Aside from providing assistance during disaster quick response operations, the PaDReTeams shall serve as the communications hub in the vicariates providing early warning information and weather updates which Caritas – Caceres shall feed to the team leaders. The teams shall likewise provide the ADCC with updates on the situaioons of their communities. It is hoped that the completion of the PaDReTeams in all the Parishes shall contribute to the Archdiocesan DRR and Quick Response structure that will be able to respond quickly and efficiently to affected parishes in times of disasters, according to Fr. Marc Real.
The next PaDReTeam orientation will be done on December 1, 2018 in the Vicariate of St. Anthony of Padua in Iriga City and will be attended by six parishes and shall be a continuing activity which hopes to capacitate a total of ninety-two parishes in the Archdiocese, added Fr. Marc Real.