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OCD 12 orients media on disaster management

By Cathy Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (14 December) -- The Office of the Civil Defense in coordination with PIA-SarGen will be conducting a 1-day Disaster Management Seminar for media here on December 15.

OCD-XII Director Minda Morante said there is a need to re-orient media on their role on disaster preparedness and management for them to effectively and efficiently deliver "accurate and quality information" that would really benefit the people.

Morante explained media involvement is important in the dissemination of information to make people pro-actively responsive all the time to disaster.

"Our disaster response should not only involved on the things that we do during and after a calamity has taken place but it must also involved the activities we must do in anticipation of disaster. We should focus more as a principle on the preventive side rather than the cure," she told PIA SarGen.

The OCD is tasked to undertake the review and evaluation of disaster documented plans submitted by all government entities as well as private organizations as to compliance with the national guidelines.

Aside from the role of media, the seminar will also discuss on Philippine Disaster Management System; Avian Flu: Preparedness and Response Plan; Update on Peace and Order Situation in Region XII: Bomb threats Awareness; Hazards and Risk Management; and Damage and Needs Assessment/Disaster Reporting.

The Philippines "has continuously sought survival against typhoons, floods, earthquakes, epidemics, fires, and other major calamities" whether natural or manmade.

Recently the country has again ravaged by calamity, which affected some 43,000 families in Southern Luzon due to flashfloods.

Before leaving the country on Sunday for the 11th ASEAN Summit, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed key cabinet members to ensure that necessary assistance for the victims has been duly delivered.

The NDCC-OCD, DSWD, and DOH in close coordination with the local government units are the primary agencies that are "in the forefront of action" during disaster occurrence.

In anticipation of PAGASA warning to expect more rains in the coming weeks, the OCD 12 has assured of its readiness to extend emergency assistance and mobilize partners in case the region would be hard hit. (PIA-SarGen) [top]

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