Issue of February 11, 2018

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Disaster survivors, children given tips on preparedness
by Wendelle Domingcil and Samantha Laron

Communities affected by Typhoon Lawin in Lubuagan, Kalinga underwent a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) training course from Feb. 6 to 8.

The participants from barangays Poblacion, Dangoy, Tanglag, and Lower Uma engaged in the identification, analysis, treatment, monitoring, and evaluation of disaster risks in their localities.

Office of the Civil Defense-Cordillera Director Andrew Alex Uy said the three-day training course aimed to explain the importance, key concepts, and legal bases of community-based DRRM; describe its key steps; discuss the community and family DRRM mechanisms before, during and after a disaster; and guide the participant on how to fully implement these concepts.

Uy said they have identified communities that were hardly hit by Super Typhoon Lawin. Based on our record, Kalinga has the highest number of affected population with more than 200,000 individuals affected and 98 percent of them were displaced.

“This is also the first time that the town will be provided with this kind of capacity-building program. We are targeting to avoid the recurrence of the scenario that happened in October 2016,” Uy said.

OCD Training Chief Guadaliva Panitio said that the CBDRRM training will strengthen the barangays’ DRRM structure focusing on their roles and responsibilities towards being functional barangay DRRM committees.

The training was conducted by the OCD in coordination with the local government of Lubuagan.

Grades 4 and 5 pupils at Baguio Central School (BCS) also got disaster preparedness tips from the region’s action icon of preparedness – Kapitan Alerto.

In coordination with the Department of Education-Baguio, the OCD training team visited BCS to conduct a one-day DRRM training for children on Feb. 2.

BCS Head Teacher Nixon C. Elahe said that the pupils were tasked to share what they learned from the training to their schoolmates since most of them experienced disasters in their communities.

The training comprised of lectures, games, and quizzes about the Philippine DRRM System and Basic Disaster Safety tips.

Kapitan Alerto emphasized the importance of an emergency survival kit or “go bag.”

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