The DILG Regional Office in coordination with its Provincial Offices spearheaded the conduct of the Operation L!STO Provincial Preparedness and Partnership Dialogue on April 6, 2017 for Sarangani, April 11, 2017 for Sultan Kudarat, April 27-28, 2017 for Cotabato and May 4, 2017 for South Cotabato.
The activity was participated by some LCEs, Board Members, C/MLGOOs, P/C/MDRRMOs, COPs, FMs, CSOs, Media men, and Youth Leaders. The four Vice-Chairpersons for DRRM, namely, DOST, DILG, DSWD, and NEDA presented their respective initiatives in fulfilment to their enumerated responsibilities in RA 10121 otherwise known as the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. Development partners such as Save the Children Philippines, University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan, TRACER, and Operation TRAIN showcased their activities in capacitating the communities for disasters.
The four Governors also showed their warm support to the activity. Gov. Steve Solon proved why they are worthy of their winning streak in Gawad KALASAG as Best PDRRMC. Gov. Emmylou Taliňo-Mendoza bragged her initiative on public safety by strengthening the detachments in her LGU while Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes delivered her first State of DRRM Address. On the other hand, Gov. Datu Pax Mangudadatu gave a litany on the importance of having dedicated DRR practititioners.
The activity is aimed to showcase the DRRM initiatives of the relevant Regional agencies and PDRRMO and to stock take lessons on the implementation of the Operation LISTO. It is a celebration of convergence among and between government agencies and private stakeholders.