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PIA Press Release
2005/01/21

Disaster management school to go on air

Davao City (21 January) -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council XI (RDCC XI) and DXRP Radyo ng Bayan inked an agreement yesterday (January 20) for a "Disaster Management School on Air" program.

Signing the agreement were RDCC XI headed by Police Director Simeon Dizon and acting manager Ma. Fe Alino of DXRP Radyo ng Bayan Davao.

The MOA signing was held at the conference room of the Department of Public Works and Highways and witnessed by RDCC-XI members coming from the department government agencies, provincial and local government units of Southern Mindanao.

The Disaster Management School on Air is a radio program on disaster preparedness focusing on public awareness, understanding the natural and man-made disasters, its adverse effects, mitigation of its impacts and to let the public understand its advantages through appropriate information dissemination.

The program will air for six months every Tuesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Dizon said the Office of Civil Defense XI will spearhead the project in coordination with the RDCC XI training team.

He said it is the primary concern of the government that the public must be protected against all types of disaster.

"The program could help us educate the people and prepare them for disasters," he said.

Dizon said there are several forms of disasters and these will be discussed extensively during the program by competent resource persons.

Aliņo on the other hand said Radyo ng Bayan will designate an anchorperson to assist the RDCC XI training team when they conduct lectures on air.

She said disaster-related issues and concerns will also be taken up during the program.

Among the topics to be taken up are the El Nino and La Niņa phenomena, rat infestation, rodent control, surra, foot and mouth disease, red fish phenomenon, collateral damage to overseas Filipino workers in or near conflict areas, earthquakes, tsunamis, and others. (PIA/pdb) [top]

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