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OCD IV-A observes Batangas City DRRMC Tsunami Drill

The Office of Civil Defense and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IV-A headed by Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar observed a pilot community Tsunami Drill spearheaded by the Batangas City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council held at Brgy. Mabacong, Batangas City, July 13.

The said drill was participated by more or less 800 citizens of Brgy. Mabacong, one of the coastal barangays of Batangas City headed by Chairwoman Ana Antido and nearby coastal barangays; Brgy. Isla Verde and Brgy. Pagkilatan.

The drill focused on how fast the community evacuates to higher ground and to test the barangay’s Tsunami Early Warning Systems as part of its disaster risk reduction and management plan.

The excercise was observed by different governmental agencies namely; Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Batangas City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine Red Cross and OCD RDRRMC IV-A.

A dialogue and evaluation took place between the locals and the evaluators after the evacuation drill made by the evaluators for improvement and to suggest steps to fortify the preparedness of the barangay for tsunamis and storm surges.

Dir Tomazar Visits DRRM Training

The Office of Civil Defense IV-A Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairperson Director Vicente F. Tomazar visits the Training of Trainers (TOT) on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM), at the Lucena City Disaster Operation Center, Pacific mall Compound, Lucena City, July 7.

The said training is a 4-day conference that is attended by rescue volunteers all over Lucena City. The training also focuses on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, vulnerability and risk assessment capability and capacity assessment, hazard mapping, basic first aid, rope rescue, water safety and responder survival and preparedness.

Diretor Tomazar shared an inspirational talk to the volunteer rescuers and imposed the importance of their help to the community and the country. He also imparted the significance of the volunteers in times of disasters.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection assisted the participants in the said training.

Dir Tomazar Attends Radyo ng Bayan Interview

The Office of Civil Defense IV-A Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairperson Director Vicente F. Tomazar attends a radio interview for Radyo ng Bayan Lucena in line with the National Disaster Consciousness Month with the theme, “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran”, Governor’s Mansion Compound, Lucena Cit, July 7.

Connection Unlimited is the name of the program anchored by radio announcers Maria Conchita Formaran and Fe Gutierrez, being aired weekdays between from 11 in the morning till 12 midday.

Director Tomazar discussed safety measures that everyone can embody and commemorated the tragedy that happened ten years ago in the landslide that happened in the province of Quezon.

Director Tomazar also imposed the importance of the readiness of a family in times of disasters. He also imparted the role of the government in the programs rendered in line with disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Director Tomazar shortly recorded an friendly announcement for the listeners of the radio station after the interview.

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.

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.