OCD-7 marks Nat’l Disaster Resilience Month in July
CEBU CITY, July 24 (PIA) — The Office of Civil Defense is reminding the public on the importance of disaster preparedness as national government agencies undertake various activities this month of July in line with the observation of National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).
The theme of this year’s observance is “Sama-samang Pagsulong Tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal.”
In an interview with Office of Civil Defense (OCD-7) Information Officer Riza Joy Hernandez, she said “we cannot prevent disaster from occurring, however, we can mitigate, if not, ultimately prevent the impact of the disasters.”
“Disaster preparedness is very important especially to our communities because they are the ones facing the hazards and also serve as the first responder during a disaster, thus they need to capacitate themselves with knowledge and skills on DRRM (disaster risk reduction and management),” she added.
Disaster resilience is the ability of individuals, communities, and organizations to adapt and recover from hazards, shocks or stress without comprising long-term prospects for development.
Hernadez emphasized during the interview that based on the regional perspective, the impact of disasters nowadays are not that huge because communities are already practicing DRRM interventions through participation in seminars, trainings and drills.
Aside from RA 10121, which serve as the “bible” in DRRM, there are already interventions from the national government partners for the barangay level to raise awareness, Hernandez explained.
There are also joint memorandum circulars mandating the local government units to create a local disaster risk reduction office, who is responsible in conducting DRRM activities in the communities.
“These made us more resilient and we at the government will continue to exert and initiative efforts,” she said.
The four thematic areas of DRRM are Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery. (hfg/PIA7)