Press Release NDRRMC re 1st Quarter EQ Drill

Press Release NDRRMC re 1st Quarter EQ Drill

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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.