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RDCC Bicol all set for NDCM 2009

by DF Nieva

Legazpi City (26 June) -- Regional Director Bernardo Alejandro IV of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol has urged members of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) to pool manpower and resource in carrying out the plans and activities for the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.

This year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month evolves on the theme "Pag Alerto, Malayo sa Peligro".

The month-long observance will commence on July 1 with the launching program at PNP Bicol Regional Office at Camp Simeon Ola here, followed by a parade from the police headquarters to Peñaranda Park in Albay district, and static display of new state of the art equipment for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, disaster response and emergency drills.

RDCC’s IEC committee has slated series of awareness campaigns on disaster preparedness and response in various hospitals, schools, business establishments, government offices, among others, across the region.

The Philippine Navy Team, Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Air Force will jointly conduct on July 15 a Maritime Disaster Response Drill off the coast of barangay Rawis, this city, which intends to enhance interoperability and response to maritime disaster of the trio emergency response team.

NavForSol Commodore Joel E Babas, meanwhile, said the naval command strongly supports a multi-sectoral approach on disaster awareness, prevention, response and mitigation.

In a command briefing at the navy’s station, Babas stressed that "those with the capacity and wherewithal to help themselves must do so in advance, so that in the event of an emergency, responders can first assist those who are unable to tend to themselves."

From typhoons and flashfloods to volcanic eruption and landslide, recent events remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. This is the time, each year, when every Bicolanos should ask the question, 'Am I ready?'"

NavForSol also reiterates the need for a year round preparation on disaster response and mitigation.

"We encourage every individual to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve his or her ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made," Babas said.

He added that these steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts. (NAVFORSOL/PIA) [top]

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