INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año lauded the Central Office Disaster Information Coordinating Center (CODIX) for bagging this year’s prestigious Wind Vane award, the highest award given to individuals and organizations that demonstrated excellent contributions in support to disaster risk reduction-climate change adaptation efforts in the country.
CODIX is the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) coordination and disaster operations arm of the DILG that leads in the coordination of all DRRM initiatives of the Department with other government and non-government partners.
It also handles inter-agency coordination of DILG on DRRM and internal coordination within the DILG and between its attached agencies.
The Wind Vane award was given during the 69th World Meteorological Day and 154th National Meteorological Day recently.
According to Año, the award is a fitting recognition to CODIX which has been a vital component in the Department’s Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) efforts to help local government units (LGUs) and communities become more disaster-ready and prepared.
“I congratulate CODIX for receiving this award which is a testament of its noteworthy contributions to the DILG’s thrust in providing timely and proactive guidance to LGUs and communities before, at the onset of alert, during, and after disasters,” Año said.
CODIX was also recognized for its support and assistance to PAGASA in the fast dissemination of forecasts, warnings, and advisories through its text blast system.
“CODIX truly deserves the award as it is doing a great job in coordinating with responsible agencies and authorities for the generation of information and timely early warning dissemination to LGUs and communities,” Año added.
CODIX chief Director Edgar Allan Tabell said CODIX’s work entails establishing coordination mechanisms to facilitate external coordination among members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) composed of some 43 other agencies and organizations.
Tabell said when the NDRRMC changes the alert level to Blue or Red Alert, CODIX is the first to be sent to the NDRRMC Emergency Operations Center to provide that critical link between its member-agencies and the DILG.