NDR month focuses on disaster preparedness, resilience

  • July 17, 2017
  • Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, July 17 (PIA) – Disaster resilience has already become the focus of the various activities of the government.

In Capiz, several activities have been lined up in the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month this July.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed in June 2017 Executive Order No. 29 that renamed the observance of July as National Disaster Consciousness Month to National Disaster Resilience Month and shift its focus from disaster awareness building to  disaster resilience.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Esperedion Pelaez  said that with this year’s theme 4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan,preparedness and what to do during disasters and emergencies must always be inculcated in the minds of the people.

He stressed that a continuous advocacy campaign in schools, offices, hospitals, hotels and private and public establishments is done to ensure disaster preparedness by everyone.

“With our knowledge on how to mitigate the impacts of disaster, we must also empower our people so we will be able to stand strong and overcome such disaster,” Pelaez said.

The month-long observance of NDR month kicked off with a thanksgiving mass, motorcade around the Roxas City’s major streets, an opening program with photo exhibit and rescue equipment display and fun run to promote disaster resiliency in the province.

Also included in the activities are the conduct of disaster preparedness lectures and drills in schools, local government units, government offices and hospitals as well as conduct of bomb threat orientation, anti-terrorism and harmonization of response protocol lectures.

“We have also included tree growing activity, bloodletting, coastal clean-up, survival camp, Rescue Olympics, First Responder’s Training and Pagpasalamat program,” he said.

These activities, he said, covered the areas on disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery. (JCM/JBG/PIA6)


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