PRESS RELEASE 2016-10
By Lemuel Mejares
Mabuhay, ZSP- A hundred and thirty six (136) young ones from four academes of Mabuhay were trained on disaster preparedness training during the Wemboree: A Disaster Resiliency Camp for Youth on July 23-34, 2016 at Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Such event, initiated by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Municipal Office, was among the series of activities conducted in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) every July.
Four participating schools namely Mabuhay Agro Industrial School, Mabuhay National High School, WMSU Mabuhay Extension Studies Unit and Xavier High School sent delegates to engage on basic training on disasters to include sessions on creative messaging, disaster preparedness, disaster response and also source mobilization.
Topics were discussed by LDRRMO Ronald Zarate, DSWD Municipal Link Jayson Mahinay, Fire Marshall Officer Maryjean Rabon and DILG Officer Lemuel Mejares.
During the two-day training, the participants expressed their skills in presenting creatively their outputs in the form of jingle making, song interpretation of “ Kapaligiran”, slogan and poster making which suited the 2016 theme of the NDCM,’ Kahandaan at pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng bawat Isa”.
DILG Officer Lemuel Mejares stressed that when it comes to disaster, it’s everybody’s concern. It does not honor income class, races, gender, age etc. All sectors should take proactive action and be alert.
According to him, under section 12 of RA 10121 on mitigating the impact of disaster, LGU through the LDRRMC, is mandated to conduct continuous disaster monitoring and mobilize instrumentalities and entities of the LGUs, CSOs, private groups and organized volunteers, to utilize their facilities and resources for the protection and preservation of life and properties during emergencies.
“Section 14 of this provision mandates the LDRRMC to encourage community, specifically the youth participation in disaster risk reduction and management activities” Mejares said.
Meanwhile, LDRRMO Ronald B. Zarate noted that Mabuhay, as an island town of Zamboanga Sibugay, is vulnerable to tsunami and storm surge and in such cases the manpower of the office is limited to respond whenever certain disaster would strike in the area.
Part of this activity, he said, is to generate volunteers to be accredited by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to be the extended members of the LDRRMC to augment their respective personnel complement and logistical requirements in the delivery of disaster risk reduction programs and activities.