Reducing Disaster Risk, North Toraja Regional Disaster Management Agency Holds Public Consultation

Located at Ayam Penyet Ria, Rantepao, Friday (02/02/2018), the North Toraja Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) conducted a Public Consultation on Disaster Risk Assessment Documents and Disaster Risk Maps, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) ), The Community Resilience Innovation Foundation (INANTA), CWS (Church World Service) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australian Government.
The activity was opened by the Acting Secretary of the North Toraja Regional Secretary Rede Roni Bare and attended by Assistant II Simon Pongsisonda, Assistant III Hetty Maria G. Dalopis, North Toraja Legal Chief Netty Palin, Kodim 1414 Tana Toraja, Satpol PP and Damkar, Indonesian Red Cross Toraja North and other participants.
In his remarks, Rede Roni Bare said that disaster management was the business of all elements ranging from the government, the community, NGOs to the business world. Therefore, what was done by the disaster management agency in the northern Toraja that today was a step forward in realizing a disaster risk reduction study that would become regional government reference going forward.
North Toraja BPBD Head Yorry Lesawengan said that many people had assumed that if there was a disaster it would only be BPBD’s business, whereas if we read the tupoksi, other SKPD also had a role in this matter. The task of BPBD is also to coordinate the SKPD related to their tasks and functions on how to develop strategies and steps in disaster management, “he said.
“If we look at the condition of North Toraja, we have to admit that maybe around 70-80% are prone to disasters, especially landslides and fires. So what we hope is that this study document is our joint responsibility to follow up, “he said.
This document is to be used as a database, information and study as a reference for developing strategic planning, disaster management and development. It is also hoped that this will be the basis for developing sustainable development policies and perspectives on disaster risk reduction. (*)