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In observance to the Disaster Consciousness Month, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) chaired by Governor Roger G. Mercado had organized a series of events to highlight the importance disaster preparedness in the province.

PRRDM Chief Danilo Atienza disclosed that their office will spearhead the following activities: Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Provincial Rescue Jamboree and On-The Spot Poster Making contest, whose concepts are all in line with this year’s theme “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan ay Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran”.

PDRRM Officer Danilo L. Atienza briefs forum participantsThe Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) was conducted recently at the Kapihan SA Philippine Information Agency (PIA). The highlight of this event is the Forum’s answer and question portion which will tackle topics relative to the four thematic areas of DRRM; Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Disaster Response, Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Student leaders from Maasin City College , Maasin City High School, College of Maasin ,Saint Joseph College, Systems Technological Institute and Southern Leyte State University were invited to the forum, whose objectives are to increase knowledge and level of awareness of the participants and the public on the different facets of the four thematic areas of DRRM, and to provide participants with information on the specific functions of departments/offices involved in the implementation of DRRM in the province of Southern Leyte.

Key resource speakers provided relevant and up-to date information in their respective fields. They include Mr. Aldrin D. Kaindoy, OIC Administrator, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Ms. Marichu Tan, Provincial Coordinator, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Mr. Danilo L. Atienza,Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Engr. Anecito F. Narit, Maasin City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, PS /Supt C. Armando Bolalin, Police Superintendent, PNP Provincial Command, Mr. Jonas P. Maco, OIC Chapter Administrator, Philippine Red Cross Southern Leyte Chapter, Hon. Aileen L. Estrera, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member, Chairperson on DRRM, Engr. Dominador A. Clavejo, Ph.D., Provincial Director, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) , F/Supt. Rafael B Doron, Head of Provincial Bureau of Fire Protection , Mr. Raymundo M. Senoc, Education Program Supervisor, Department of Education, Dr. Eva P. Abad, Provincial Environment & Natural Resources and Management Officer and Mr. Alfonso Espina, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Staff.

Rescue Jamboree at San FranciscoThe main highlight of the observance is the Provincial Rescue Jamboree to be held in San Francisco, Southern Leyte on 29-30 July 2014.

This promises to be an exciting and learning experience for the participants, composed of members of Disaster Response Teams (DRT’s) from all municipalities and the city of Maasin.

Several scenarios will be contested such as landslide rescue, storm surge rescue (water and dive), vehicular accident, high angle rescue (rope skills), swift water rescue, fire rescue, mountain search and rescue with jungle survival, run for life, 1 mile swim all with an application of Basic Life Support (BLS).

They will demonstrate disaster response skills based on a specific scenario, with the objective to assess and enhance capabilities of DRTs; to increase disaster awareness of the people in Southern Leyte on their local situation in terms of hazards especially those that are situated in vulnerable areas and; to establish unity, solidarity and teamwork among Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) implementers in Southern Leyte.

Rescue Jamboree at San FranciscoThe Municipal Government of San Francisco Southern Leyte will host the Provincial Rescue Jamboree with technical, administrative and financial supports from the Provincial and Maasin City Governments and Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

The first day of the Jamboree would be the mounting of camps, to be followed by the On the Spot Poster Making Contest, exhibition of disaster response equipments and orientations on jamboree mechanics and Incident Command System (ICS). The second day of the Jamboree is focused on disaster rescue demonstrations, and the evaluation and awarding ceremony.