DAGUPAN CITY – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) launched information dissemination on disaster preparedness citywide starting in Barangay Pugaro on July 1 in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.
This year’s theme is “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa”.
CDRRMO head Ronaldo De Guzman said the massive information campaign is one of the several activities programmed for July which includes the conduct of multi-hazard drills in the schools, colleges and universities, and business establishments.
“We started our Family Disaster Preparedness Training in Barangay Pugaro because it is considered as a high risk area for tsunami considering its proximity to the Lingayen Gulf,” said De Guzman who led the film showing in the barangay’s Day Care Center with 31 students along with their parents.
De Guzman added that they will conduct similar film showing in all Day Care Centers to train the children, who are most vulnerable, on what to do and how to react on emergency cases and natural disasters like flood, typhoon, earthquake and tsunami.
“It is important that we keep the people posted on the matters that they should learn to do on emergency cases especially the children here in Barangay Pugaro,” said De Guzman.
Family Disaster Preparedness Training is among the programs of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez in ensuring the safety of the people especially the children along with her “Learn to Swim” program, which aims to enroll 6,000 children in swimming lesson.
“Mayor Belen wanted to make disaster preparedness a habit of every individual living in the city that is why disaster preparedness is not just during the month of July but rather a year-round activity in the city,” said De Guzman.
Emie Rose B. Soriano, Day Care Center teacher of Barangay Pugaro, admitted doing the same by making her students at the center understand what is disaster preparedness through story-telling just to get the interest of the children in listening.
“Maganda na may mga trainings na ganito para mapaghandaan ng mga tao ang pagdating ng anumang sakuna sa lungsod lalo na dito sa aming lugar na nanganganib makaranas ng tsunami kung sakali magkaroon ng malakas na lindol,” said Soriano.
Barangay Pugaro is now equipped with a tsunami warning device installed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs).
Leaflets on flood and typhoon, earthquake, tsunami and 72-hour emergency kit were distributed to the parents at the center at the end of the film showing. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/July 1, 2015)