The Local Government of San Fernando, thru its City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, officially kicked off this year’s National Disaster Resilience Month through a motorcade and thanksgiving Mass.
CDRRMO, together with other stakeholders and response agencies including City Public Order and Coordinating Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Office of the Civil Defense, Provincial DRRM Council, Health and Emergency Surveillance Unit, Barangay Rescue Units, and DX3 Cabalen, took the roads from SM Telabastagan to the downtown area and ended at Salilungan in Barangay San Juan.
On June 28, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 29 mandating the observance of The National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) “throughout the country through the conduct of activities relative to building of disaster resilience covering the four thematic areas: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation and recovery.”
This year’s celebration carries theme “Tamang Pamamahala’t Kahandaan, Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan sa Sakuna at Pandemya’y Kalasag ng Bayan.”
CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario underscored the importance of planning and unity in facing calamities and disasters.
“Pinakamahalaga dito, patuloy ang ating partnership with other stakeholders, civil society organizations and response agencies para kung sakaling kailangan nating rumesponde, mas mabilis, madali at maraming tutulong,” Del Rosario said.
Del Rosario also stressed the support they are receiving from the local government under the able leadership of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago.
“Mula sa pagbibigay ng mga training sa ating mga rescuers at responders; mga kagamitan, response vehicles, at iba pang kailangan ng ating mga responders ay sapat at mabilis na natutugunan. Lahat ng ito ay ginagawa ng ating Mayor para masiguro na una at nangunguna tayo sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa mga Fernandinos,” he added.
For this year, the local government lined up several activities to promote disaster preparedness and mitigation as part of its continuing campaign towards building disaster-resilient communities.
The events start with a Water Safety Training for Responders and Pre-registration for Sining Kahandaan 2021 on July 09.
These will be followed by Sining Kahandaan: Essay Writing & Poster Making Contest (Submission of entries) on July 16.
Meanwhile, on July 21-23, a Rope Manship Rescue Training for Responders will take place.
Participants may also join in the Sining Kahandaan: Digital Animated Movie Making Contest on July 23.
The NDRM: Sining Kahandaan Judging and Awarding of Winners will be conducted on July 29 and July 30, respectively.