ROSALES, Pangasinan, July 15 (PIA) — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Regional Center I organized a photo exhibit and rescue equipment showcase which opened at SM Rosales, this town on July 12 to highlight this year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month.
“It is just one way of letting the general public know or rather determine the initiatives and activities of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the OCD particularly in Region I,” cited by OCD Undersecretary Proceso Domingo.
In his message, Domingo emphasized the focus areas to be rolled out by the national government agencies, the civil society organizations and the local government units (LGUs) in the Ilocos Region in order to manage disaster and reduce risk for every citizen.
These include strengthening community-based early warning systems in order to assure the security of vulnerable populace living in coastlines and riverbanks; reviewing and enhancing contingency plans for multi-hazard scenarios by the local disaster risk reduction management council; and planning a concerted pre-disaster recovery so that mechanisms are already in place in the event of sudden disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.
This will take the cause of disaster risk reduction and management a step towards a stronger culture of safety and resilience for sustainable development, Domingo asserted.
He added that LGUs, as frontline of disaster preparedness, response and rehabilitation, must enhance the awareness of communities to the looming challenges of multiple disasters and climate change impacts for continued vigilance and resilience.
The photo exhibit and rescue equipment showcase will run until today, July 15. (JCR/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)