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Cedric D. Daep

Chief of the Public Safety Emergency Management Office

Albay Public Safety


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Head of the Albay Provincial Disaster Management Office.

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Pinas to Paris | INQUIRER.net

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This man's decades-long career in DRRM (something Salceda acknowledges and depends on) has earned him the moniker Mr. Disaster, but the locals know him simply as Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo).
"When Cedric Daep speaks, we spring to action," more than one local told INQUIRER.net. The first time INQUIRER.net sat down with Daep in Apsemo's office at the provincial capitol, he was quick to correct a brochure on hazards Pagasa recently distributed. Blue ballpen in hand, he encircled the words cyclone-"We don't get cyclones... We should be consistent and use only 'typhoon'"-and mudflow-"This shouldn't be lumped together with landslides.... They're very different"-among other mistakes. Fifteen minutes later, Daep put down his pen and shook his head. "I will call Pagasa later," he said, adding that it was necessary the brochure should be corrected because inconsistencies in weather and climate terminology could confuse the public. Apsemo, which will turn 21 in January 2016, has taken it upon itself to stop the spread of misinformation. The staff started within their ranks: To expand Apsemo, Daep studied meteorology, volcanology and seismology, among other disciplines. One staffer was assigned to learn hazard and risk mapping, so the office could update their maps on their own. Updating these risk maps, Daep said, was a necessary step in preparing for the potential disasters. In 1991, before Apsemo's creation, Albay invested in hand-drawn risk maps of more than 700 villages distributed between the province's 18 cities and towns. Almost 25 years later, the maps now include more data, but the basic information remains the same. From these maps, Daep said they were able to pinpoint which areas were in danger of which hazard, and how many families could be affected per hazard. There is a clear institution to handle the situation and a clearly identified point person who will stay even if there is a change of governor," Daep said. Disaster risk reduction, he added, should be "apolitical." Because Apsemo is an institution separate from the governor's office, Daep, Nuñez and the rest of the staff are not replaced after every local or national election, allowing them to implement long-term plans not only in disaster risk reduction but also in climate change adaptation. Preemptive evacuation One such plan Albay has mastered under Apsemo is "preemptive evacuation," in which residents living in danger zones are evacuated to safety even before Pagasa hoists storm signals over the province. Three days before a powerful typhoon will hit the Bicol region, Daep is already in a meeting with Governor Salceda, Apsemo assistant head Nuñez and Albay's mayors, vice mayors and municipal disaster risk reduction and management officers to discuss the local government's action plan. Salceda and Daep do not surprise their staff with emergency requests, as everyone is already aware of their role in ensuring zero casualties. "[It is already] defined and identified who are the people responsible for activities during the calamities so that ... when you order them to execute their action plan on response, everything is automatic, just like a well-coordinated orchestra," Daep said. "In one action, everything is accomplished in a few minutes or a few hours," he added. Photo: Manito Central School in Manito town, Albay. A few hours is no hyperbole. Daep and Nuñez hold daily briefings for media to make sure no misinformation is spread. Classes are canceled in all levels even without a drop of rain outside. Daep said it was extremely important to go down to the village level when communicating to people the importance of disaster preparedness and the basics on climate change. "The No. 1 problem why people don't understand is lack of information and awareness. So the answer is education," he said. "In Albay, we started training the potential victims, not much on the responders. Because the responders are there to help and have to wait for a victim before they help," he added. These systems were put in place by Apsemo, which Daep said was a unique entity in the entire Philippines. It was the first independent DRRM office in Asia, and a precedent to Republic Act 10121, or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, which created the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Apsemo's efforts in systematizing DRRM have earned local and international recognition, such as the 1999 best Asian model of disaster management award from Asian Disaster Management Center, the 2008 Galing Pook Award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and hall of fame status for winning the NDRRMC's Gawad Kalasang Award three years in a row (2009 to 2011). Daep is also a regular at various conferences abroad to share the reduction and preparedness measures Albay has put in place. Daep said the building was set to be renovated in 2016 in order to house more offices. They just have to wait for the alarm bell," Daep said. But Daep acknowledges that Albay still has more to do in order to truly be resilient to natural disasters. More than ever, he cites the need for continuous learning and trainings for the whole community, Apsemo included. Continuous education, he stressed, is key to saving more lives in the future. "Studying approaches to disaster risk reduction is never-ending because there will always be changes," he said. Filipinos shouldn't even be surprised if provinces previously safe from typhoons are hit, or if other disasters batter unlikely areas. It's why, Daep said, he particularly takes note of other regions' or countries' experiences with disasters and how they cope, only so he can adapt them in Albay-just in case. "The most important takeaway is that we learn from their experience what we have not yet experienced here in Albay. That's a very big thing," he said. This learning exchange is what CCA hopes to instill in its participants, especially after visiting different areas in Albay-usually in Sto. Domingo, only 15 minutes north of Legazpi City-at the end of every session to see what kind of DRRM practices have been put in place and tailored to specific towns. The Apsemo chief, however, cautioned other provinces and countries against fully replicating Albay's DRRM, as no one plan is 100-percent appropriate for all areas. "We cannot say [Albay's disaster risk management] is absolutely correct. We need to do some modifications to make it appropriate [for others]," Daep said. To know what these needs are, Daep said provinces must first know what the problems are in their areas and the hazards they need to address. To emulate Albay's successful disaster risk reduction program is to know which disasters can happen where, and plan out the next steps from there. In provinces in Mindanao, for instance, Daep said all discussion on DRRM had to be preceded by a peace and order plan. He recalled that before Pablo, officials he lectured to in Mindanao insisted that he talk only about peace and order, as it was their priority. It was only after Pablo that he was able to expound on DRRM and climate change adaptation. Context, Daep said, is always key to creating successful DRRM plans. What works in Albay won't necessarily work in Davao Oriental or other provinces because of their differences, whether it be political, geographic, economic or cultural. Daep also stressed the need for experiential knowledge in order to truly drive the point of DRRM home. At CCA, Daep and Nuñez end every training session by bringing the participants to nearby Albay towns in order to showcase their successful DRR practices. The field trips, Daep said, are important when training people in DRRM. "If [the participants] don't have experience to validate what you are teaching them, they still won't follow 100 percent." From DRRM to CCA Apsemo's duties do not stop there. Daep is aware that the life-saving measures the institution has put in place now will not be enough to save more lives in the future if Albay will not properly adapt to climate change. After all, typhoons batter Albay only 15 of 365 days a year, so what's there to do while waiting? Apsemo needs more than ever the cooperation and participation of all sectors. "We cannot do it alone. Even if we do it within a period of 50 years or 100 years, without the participation of other sectors, we cannot do it," Daep said. Composed of doctors, engineers and other trained medical personnel, the humanitarian group has served as an avenue for Daep and Nuñez to teach Filipinos the science of climate change and disaster preparedness, alongside medical missions and other humanitarian assistance provided. To achieve this, Daep again stressed: "Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation do not require any political boundary. What is really needed is for all sectors to be in." Today, Albay has blazed the trail for prioritizing DRRM and its leaders remain at the forefront of climate change adaptation. Its future as an agent of change rests on the shoulders of Albay's future leaders and, of course, Apsemo. In another interview with INQUIRER.net, Daep joked that he'd retire from government and pour his energy into consultancy, given the workload, time and immense patience needed to to train Albayanos on DRRM and keep them safe from disasters. "But will I give up or will I continue? Daep answered his own question with a wry smile on his face: "No, because this is our job, so we need to do our job."

Press | Tudlo

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Before technologies like mobile phones came in, disaster preparation was a "failure," said Dr. Cedric Daep, the head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo)
Even if you have a good early warning system, you can't evacuate people without communications, Daep said in an interview last July 5 when he was in Cebu to work on the customization of Tudlo, a disaster-preparedness and response mobile phone app. Dr. Cedric Daep, APSEMO chief, said "communication before, during, and after disaster and emergency situations is very important.


Meanwhile, Dr. Cedric Daep, executive director of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Albay, said residents in areas prone to floods, lahar, landslide and storm surge must "evacuate without delay."
He said the PDRRMC is closely monitoring all towns and cities in Albay and is ordering the strict compliance to advisories on mandatory evacuations. - PNA

Team Albay goes on mercy mission in Bohol | Bicol Mail

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The mission is headed by Cedric Daep of the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office and OCDV Regional Director Raffy Alejandro.
At the time, 155 people were confirmed dead and about 500,000 were affected in the two provinces.


Cedric Daep, Albay chief of the Provincial Safety & Emergency Response office, said Team Albay which was composed of paramedics and volunteers motored to the towns of Irosin, Matnog, Magallanes, and Barcelona, all in Sorsogon province, to back up the local disaster mitigation and response councils working hand in hand with other non-government organizations' rehabilitation efforts.
According to Albay Gov.

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