Antiqueños urged to take part in National Disaster Resilience Month
SAN JOSE, Antique, July 15 (PIA) – – Antiqueños are enjoined to take part in the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month by being disciplined and willing to learn the ways to cope with the new normal.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Broderick Train, in the radio program PIA News Service, said that he is counting on the support of the Antiqueños by following the the guidelines set forth by government authorities to avert the possible spread of COVID-19 virus.
He said that this year’s observance of National Disaster Resilience Month will not focus on community events and assemblies but have shifted into online platforms of information dissemination with the theme “Sama-samang Pagsulong tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal”.
In a new normal community, he emphasized that the contribution of every person in practicing the mandatory health protocol is essential to ensure everyone’s safety, thus, all should have discipline to prevent community transmission of diseases.
“What we are having now is already the new normal, that we get to live by it day by day. The new normal might be challenging, but the
community should learn to live with and be ready to cope with it,” he said.
Train explained that the term new normal has started way back in 2013 when Typhoon Yolanda occurred, setting a benchmark for everyone to be
prepared with strong typhoon and similar events.
Just the same with what humanity is experiencing now, he said that the new normal for health emergencies is the occurrence of COVID-19 pandemic.
This imparted the insights that similar circumstances could happen in the future, but if people and government are prepared and resilient, everyone will be confident to overcome the challenges that go with them.
The strengthening of the capabilities of Local Government Units, communities and families is important to reduce the risk of the disaster that may happen.
Train likewise conducted the meeting of Municipal DRRMO Officers who called their group ANDAM or Active Network of Disaster Resilient Advocates and Managers, Antique Inc. with some members of the PDRRMC on matters relating to LGU’s preparation and mitigation activities as the province is moving to the new normal.
Aside from COVID-19, the province is also intensifying measures against dengue virus as well as on its community preparation for the upcoming rainy season with monsoon rains and typhoons. (JBG/PSM/PIAAntique)