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COA flags Phivolcs failure to spread disaster preparedness information effectively

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’ (Phivolcs) failure to effectively spread information of disaster preparedness and risk reduction.

Only a third of 772,050 printed information materials were disseminated, which meant that “the very purpose of the program has been defeated.”

This was according to the COA report titled Audit of Disaster Risk Reduction Management on Disaster Awareness and Preparedness, Information Material and Tools Development and Dissemination.

The COA said only a limited number of recipients would be informed by Phivolcs’ practice of disseminating materials only upon the written request by interested stakeholders.

It noted that Phivolcs “preferred” to distribute information materials during seminars and workshops.

Auditors recommended that Phivolcs rethink its strategies to address concerns on wastage, non-utilization, and cost-effectiveness.

It said the Phivolcs could collaborate with the education sector and could disseminate its printed materials in public places.