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Dir Tomazar attends Forum on Nutrition in Emergencies and Planning Workshop

The Office of Civil Defense IV-A Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairperson Director Vicente F. Tomazar attends the Forum on Nutrition in Emergencies and Planning Workshop as part of this year’s Nutrition Month Celebration with the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan” conducted by National Nutrition Council – CALABARZON at the Makati Palace Hotel, 5011 P. Burgos corner, Caceres St., Makati City, July 14, 2014.

Ms. Carina Z. Santiago, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC – CALABARZON said that the forum aims to equip health and nutrition workers in the region with knowledge and skills to coordinate, mobilize, and assist local personnel in planning for occurence of unwanted calamities and disasaters in the region, particularly on nutrition and emergencies. This wil ensure that the nutritional status of affected populations, especially the vulnerable group e.g. infants, young children, elderly, pregnant and lactating women, will not worsen through resource mobilization and comprehensive nutrition management of local nutrition clusters as guided by timely, accurate, and reliable plan for nutrition in emergencies.

Diretor Tomazar discussed the topic on CALABARZON Hazardscape, Faces of Disaster, Legal Basis: RA 10121, DRRM Efforts (Thematic Areas). He also emphasized the RDRRMC – IV-A battlecry which is “Sariling Kaligtasan Pangalagaan Paghandaan”as key approach wherein through increased knowledge, capability, competency, and its gradual improvement has produced remarkable outcomes.

The said forum/workshop was participated by Nutrition Action Officers at the provincial, city, and municipal levels, and members of the regional media group organized by the NNC.

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Dir Tomazar meets with Binan CDRRMO

The Office of Civil Defense IV-A Regional Director and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairperson Director Vicente F. Tomazar visited the Binan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office at the Binan City Hall, July 9.

The visit of Dir Tomazar is to discuss and strengthen the community based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management plan knowing that the city of Binan is prone to flooding especially during the rainy seasons.

Dir. Tomazar met with the Binan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Officers Maria Bonacua and Ramon Belizario in fortifying the proactiveness of the Barangay levels in line with DRRM. He also implied to encourage the schools and other local organization to conduct regular earthquake drills and the utilization of the water treatment plant in the Binan operation center.

OCD RDRRMC IV-A Join NDCM Kick-Off in Quezon

The Office of Civil Defense IV-A and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IV-A join the Kick-Off Ceremony of the Quezon Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council for the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) with the theme “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran”, held at the Quezon Provincial Capitol, Lucena City, July 7.

The program started with a motorcade from the capitol building going around the main roads of Lucena City.

The kick-off ceremony also coincides with the Monday Flag raising Ceremony of the provincial capitol consisted of different governmental offices of Quezon Province.

In observance with the event, a 30-second sounding of sirens was held followed by a 30-second silent prayer for the victims of past disasters and to commemorate the victims of typhoon especially the tenth year mark of the Real, Infanta, Gen. Nakar, Quezon landslide. Shortly after, balloons were set to fly that embodies disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and rehabilitation and recovery.

A demonstration of basic vehicular extrication for a motorcycle accident were showcased by the Quezon Emergency Response team.

OCD IV-A and RDRRMC IV-A Chairperson Directror Vicente F. Tomazar was introduced as the keynote speaker. Dir. Tomazar shared the importance of embodying the culture of safety. He also emphasized that the safety of an individual lies on the individual itself. He said, “tayo, bilang tagapaglingkod sa publiko ay hindi makakatakas sa ating tungkulin na magbigay lingkod, proteksyon at iba pang serbisyong nakaatas sa ating balikat. Ngunit dapat din nating isapuso ang ating tungkulin sa ating pansariling kaligtasan”.

A Smart Infoboard from Smart Telecomunications was also turned-over as part of the province’s information dissemination campaign for disaster preparedness.

Provincial Administrator Rommel Edano also shared an inspirational message and focused on the province’s preparedness in line with disasters that may occur in the provinces. Shortly after, an awarding of certificates of recognition were given to the rescue volunteers of Atimonan, Quezon for their quick response during the Atimonan vehicular pile up that happened last year.

3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill: Successfully Conducted

The 3rd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill was successfully conducted on 02 July 2014 with the City College of Tagaytay, Tagaytay City as the ceremonial venue. The Earthquake Drill was initiated under the direction of the Office of Civil Defense IV-A and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IV-A (CALABARZON) through joint efforts with the Tagaytay City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Tagaytay City DRRMC headed by Mayor Agnes Tolentino.

The drill was participated in by around 2,500 students and faculty members of the College and the different government disaster and emergency responders from the CDRRMCs of Tagaytay, General Trias, Trece Martires and the town of Alfonso, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine Red Cross. Providing insights as observers and evaluators to assess and evaluate the preparedness of the school as well as enhance the disaster awareness of the students are selected officers and representatives from the Office of Civil Defense – Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 4A member agencies, and the local DRRMOS.

The registration of guests, observers and evaluators started at 8:00 A.M. and was followed by a final briefing at 8:30 AM. A joint pushing of button by the City Administrator Engr Monreal and OCD 4A Regional Director Vicente F Tomazar to sound off the alarm signaled the start of the EQ Drill. The Drill lasted for more than an hour.

In closing the activity, congratulatory messages were delivered by the City Administrator Engr Gregorio Monreal and OCD 4A Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar while the College Administrator Mr. Edgardo Castillo expressed his appreciation for selecting the school as the venue for the EQ drill and for the valuable observations which enhanced the disaster awareness of the students and faculty alike and will serve as reference in upgrading the readiness of the school.

The event was covered by the different media organizations for print, broadcast and television.

Tagaytay City to Host 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Calamba City, Laguna- Along with this year’s celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM), the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council/ Office of Civil Defense (RDRRMC/ OCD) IV-A would be conducting its 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on 02 July, 2014.

The earthquake drill which would be conducted at the City College of Tagaytay would serve as the regional ceremonial venue for CALABARZON. Expected guests who would serve as resource persons include the Chairperson of the RDRRMC, Director Vicente Tomazar as well as the four Vice-Chairpersons of RDRRMC: Director Josefina Castilla-Go (DILG IV-A), Director Alexander Madrigal (DOST IV-A), Director Leticia Diokno (DSWD IV-A), and OIC- Regional Director Fidel Udarbe (NEDA IV-A). In addition, regional representatives from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and responders would serve as RDRRMC IV-A umpires for the said event.

This quarter’s National Simultaneous Earthquake drill coincides with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month. This month-long campaign on disaster preparedness highlights the importance of disaster awareness and preparedness among the community and other stakeholders— in this case, school-age children and young adults. The drill would also serve as a venue for evaluating our educational institutions in terms of disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

This activity is in partnership with Tagaytay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), local government unit of Tagaytay City under the leadership of Hon. Agnes D. Tolentino, DMD, and the Provincial Government of Cavite.

RDRRMC IV-A All Geared for 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED)

Antipolo City, Rizal– The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office/ Office of Civil Defense (RDRRMC- OCD) IV-A, in partnership with the Rizal Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and Antipolo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMO) would be conducting its 1st NSED at Bagong Nayon II Elementary School in Barangay San Isidro, Antipolo City, 19 March 2014.

During the coordination meeting of OCD-RDRRMC IV-A held last March 14, 2014.
During the coordination meeting of OCD-RDRRMC IV-A held last March 14, 2014.

The earthquake drill would be conducted to assess and evaluate the preparedness and readiness of the school in times of disaster. Moreover, the drill would also serve as a venue to showcase the capabilities of the responders to react to certain earthquake scenarios provided. This is one of the government’s initiatives in enhancing the preparedness of schools through supervised earthquake drills and evacuation plan formulations particularly those living within hazard prone areas and near critical infrastructures.

Antipolo City would serve as the Regional ceremonial venue for RDRRMC’s 1st quarter earthquake drill. Bagong Nayon II Elementary School has approximately 6,300 students, making it an ideal venue for the said drill. Series of coordination meetings and evaluations were conducted with Dr. Ferdinand B. Millan, Bagong Nayon II school principal and other school authorities to ensure that the event would turn out smoothly. In addition, a scenario would be provided by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP IV-A) to evaluate how the participants would respond to such situation(s).

The activity would be overseen by RDRRMC Chairperson, Director Vicente Tomazar along with the four Vice-Chairpersons of RDRRMC: Director Josefina Castilla-Go (DILG IV-A), Director Alexander Madrigal (DOST IV-A), Director Agnes Espinas (NEDA IV-A), and Director Leticia Diokno (DSWD IV-A). Members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PNP, BFP, DepEd, DOH, DPWH, and PIA), responders, Rizal PDRRMO, and Antipolo CDRRRMO would also be present during the event.

OCD IV-A – RIZAL PDRRMC TO LAUNCH PROVINCIAL SUMMIT ON DRRM-CCA

Calamba City, Laguna– The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office/ Office of Civil Defense IV-A, in partnership with the Rizal Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) would be having its Rizal Provincial Summit on DRRM-CCA. Second Provincial Summit in the CALABARZON region, the program would be conducted on 06-07 February, 2014 at the Ynares Hall 3rd Floor, New Capitol Building, Antipolo City.

The Provincial Summit which aims to ensure a comprehensive and standard understanding of DRRM roles and responsibilities of the local chief executives (LCEs), would cater to the City and Municipal Mayors as well as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan/ Panlungsod/ Bayan members, City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers, C/M Planning and Development Coordinators, and Budget Officers. The C/MLGOO, C/MSWDO, and C/MENRO are also invited to the said event.

Included in the program of discussion were the presentations on disaster risk reduction, global warming and climate change, and mainstreaming of DRRM-CCA into the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). Moreover, the Summit will also highlight the sharing of best practices on response and preparedness and camp management. It would also serve as a venue for launching the Disaster Information for Nationwide Awareness Project or Project Dina.

Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar emphasized the need for thorough and uniform understanding of LCEs on their roles and responsibilities when it comes to DRRM. Such understanding would help ensure the resilience and preparedness of the community in times of disaster. Hence, the event would pave the ground for laying the said initiative. Moreover, RD Tomazar made it a point to focus on strengthening family preparedness by raising the culture of safety and awareness in the CALABARZON region.

The Provincial Summit would be conducted as an offshoot of the Regional Summit on DRRM-CCA. Apart from RD Tomazar, Director Josefina Castilla-Go (DILG IV-A), Director Alexander Madrigal (DOST IV-A), Director Agnes Espinas (NEDA IV-A), Director Leticia Diokno (DSWD IV-A), Regional Executive Director Reynulfo Juan (DENR IV-A), and Governor Rebecca “Nini” Alcantara- Ynares would also grace the said event.