Ozamiz CDRRMC intensifies IEC on disaster awarenessness
By Rutchie C. Aguhob
Sunday 22nd of July 2012
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, July 22 (PIA) -- An intensified information, education and communication (IEC) campaign package on disaster awareness had been waged by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), here.
The campaign is aimed at raising the people’s awareness on disaster consciousness and preparedness as the country observes the 2012 National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM), this July, Mark Vincent Israel, Emergency Operations Center n-charge said.
Israel, who is also the leader of the City Emergency Response Team, said the campaign aims to equip the residents’ knowledge and understanding on how to achieve “zero” casualty during disasters and calamities.
Focused on the theme, “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan,” (Safe Communities, Prosperous Communities), the activities include the conduct of NDCM exhibits, distribution of flyers and pamphlets on the different calamities and disasters likely to occur in the city, and what to do during such incidents.
Covered by the campaign are the different stakeholders, volunteers, and barangay leaders in the communities and the students, teachers, and staff of the following:Ozamiz City School of Arts and Trade (OCSAT), Our Lady of Triumph School (OLTS), Ozamiz City Central School (OCCS), Ozamiz City National High School (OCNHS), Pulot NHS and Labinay NHS.
Also included are the following activities: Community-Based Disaster Risk Management for COSE, Inc. in Barangay Baňadero on July 21-22 and Basic Life Support Training for the students, teachers and staff of Montol NHS, Labo NHS and Embargo Elementary School on July 27.
The other activities are: Community Flood Evacuation Drill in Barangays Calabayan, Baňadero and Lam-an, oratorical, poster-making and essay-writing contest at Misamis University (MU), July 25 and disaster preparedness training for the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), July 28 and July 29.
Signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Ozamiz City government with some establishments, such as, pharmacies, gasoline stations, groceries, funeral parlors, etc., to allow disaster victims to buy goods and services on credit in times of disasters and calamities, either on discounted rates or negotiated terms, July 30 and tree-planting on July 31.
A week before the NDCM started, streamers bearing the 2012 NDCM theme were hang in strategic areas, as well, as in government offices, commercial establishments, and schools.
Last July 2, a mass was offered for the dead victims of natural and human-made disasters, followed by a motorcade to the City Hall where the program launching the 2012 NDCM was held. (PIA-Mis. Occ.)