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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Presidential Executive Order No. 137 has designated July as National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) in order to heighten public awareness on the importance of disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

“The Philippines is one of the countries in Asia that is highly susceptible to natural calamities, that is why in Olongapo we make sure we are always prepared in the event of typhoons, floods, earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions, and aims towards attaining zero casualty,” Mayor James Gordon, Jr. said during the flag raising ceremony recently.

In keeping with this year's theme, "Pag Alerto, Malayo sa Peligro," the City government lined up activities such as the kick off ceremony which included the peace and order parade and a nationwide earthquake drill held on July 21, 2009 where local government units, government agencies, private and public schools participated in. Public schools in Brgy. Sta. Rita were considered pilot areas in the conduct of the drill hosted by the Olongapo City Disaster Coordinating Council.

“The drill aims to prepare the public on what to do in case of earthquakes and possible scenarios during the incident,” DMO Head Angie Layug said.

Information and Education advocacies and campaigns were also conducted with the help of the members of OCDCC. These were done through press releases and radio interviews.

Other activities which have been identified are capability demonstration and the basic life support training for Bureau of Fire Protection personnel conducted by the city’s Swiss experts visiting the city, namely Christian Hauswirth and Christian deCorvet .

All national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations and the private sector, media, academe and other stakeholders working towards the promotion of social welfare, human security and environmental protection are participating in the month-long observance.


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