IOM Equips Disaster Responders with Displacement Tracking Matrix Training
22 September 2021
In partnership with the National Disaster Centre (NDC), IOM is delivering a Training of Trainer (ToT) on DTM to 23 (20 men and three women) officials.
Papua New Guinea is prone to natural hazards such as coastal and flash flooding, landslide, volcano, and earthquake. Past and recent incidents show that such hazards occasionally lead to mass internal population displacement for short and long periods. As the displaced people stayed in protracted situations, they became more vulnerable due to limited access to basic services and protection.
Funded by United States Agency for International Development's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID-BHA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is carrying out actions aimed at strengthening preparedness for disaster risk through its community-based disaster risk management programming and Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) operations.
Planning, response actions, and decision-making require accurate and timely information to launch effective life-saving responses and address internally displaced persons' multi-sectoral needs, including durable solutions. IOM's DTM has proven to be a valuable tool in tracking and monitoring displacement and population movements. DTM enables the Government, both the national and provincial, and PNG's Disaster Management Team to come up with informed, evidence-based decisions in addressing emergency and displacement situations in the country
In partnership with the National Disaster Centre (NDC), IOM is delivering a Training of Trainer (ToT) on DTM to 23 (20 men and three women) officials working on disaster at national, provincial and district level from 21 provinces, including the National Capital District and Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Officiated by the Director for NDC, Colonel Carl Wrakonei, DMS, MBE, the DTM ToT will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to replicate the training and operationalize the tool in their respective provinces. Colonel Wrakonei highlighted that DTM is crucial in tracking populations displaced during emergencies, adding a need to train more people on applying the DTM tool.
“I am learning very important things,” said Mr. John Kupul – Provincial Disaster Coordinator for Jiwaka. “Our provinces experience disasters where people are displaced and this DTM training is a good way to prepare for disasters induced by natural hazards,” he added.