The Bukidnon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has lined up activities intended to prepare Bukidnons for calamities and mitigate effects of disasters such as earthquake, fire, and flashfloods.
Arsenio Alagenio, PDRRMC Executvie Officer, said Bukidnon Governor Alex Calingasan issued Memorandum Order No. 513 directing all local government units (LGUs), national government agencies (NGAs) and civil society organizations (CSO) to participate in the activities in celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July 2011.
With the theme “Makialam, Makiisa sa Pagsugpo sa Panganib, May Maitutulong ka”, Governor Calingasan’s memorandum underscores involvement and active participation of the people in disaster reduction, prevention and preparedness, leading to improved risk management.
The NDCM observance kicks off here on Monday, July 4, by hanging of streamers in all LGUs, NGAs, and CSOs province wide and a motorcade before the convocation program at the Kaamulan Open Theater.
A fire drill and rescue simulation exercise will be conducted at the capitol grounds during the NDCM opening. This will include the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Fire Brigade, Philippine Red Cross, Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center, Philippine Army’s 403rd Brigade, Department of Education, provincial government officials and PDRRMC members from different entities.
Alagenio further said that this event will feature real-life, worst-case rescue operations that include first aid, evacuation, emergency response, transfer to hospital, relief operation and distribution and stress management.
“Our aim is to increase the level of awareness of the people in the community regarding any calamities so they will know how to properly react in case of disasters to avoid accidents or fatality,” Governor Calingasan also said. (press release from the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office)