OCD brings disaster risk reduction and management advocacy to persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, June 13 2016

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES: The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office, in continuously expanding the reach of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management advocacy in the region,  brought  the Basic DRRM Training to the Federation of Person with Disability at the City Social Welfare and Development Office here.

The two – day (June 9 and 10) training  included an overview of the national DRRM framework as mandated by Republic Act 10121; the four thematic areas of DRRM – Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery,  and briefers on understanding weather, geological, landslides and subsidence hazards.

The 40 participants were also given an overview on Disaster Risk Assessment and demonstrations on basic first aid and handling injured victims, as well as a demonstration on earthquake preparedness and on how to conduct an earthquake drill.

OCD Information Officer Franzes Ivy Carasi informed that the activity is part of their DRRM advocacy for the public sector. This was the first training that involved persons with disabilities.

Earlier this year, OCD conducted a similar training for public school teachers in Baguio and in Ifugao, Carasi said. They also conducted a DRRM for Kids advocacy in a public elementary school in Baguio and in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Meantime, Carasi  enjoined the public to participate in  the  2nd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) set this June 22   by doing the “Duck, Cover and Hold”  preparedness drill.

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