As the saying goes, preparation time is not wasted time. We do not ask for calamities such as earthquakes, strong typhoons, landslides, floods or even terrorism to befall us, but it’s never wasted time if we prepare and gain skills for facing such events. We’ve seen how disasters, particularly strong typhoons have affected our country that’s why we have to do something. We have to equip ourselves for us to efficiently respond when disaster strikes.
To be equipped, we should build awareness and skill on disaster risk reduction. For that reason, JVOFI has always been in the forefront of this endeavor as reflected in our previous projects. Disasters may come anytime so it is important, most especially to proliferate disaster risk management awareness in the school and barangay level.
The aim of the school based DRRM is to enhance the participants’ knowledge on Disaster Risk Management and safe School Program. The participants are principals and members of disaster management committee of twenty five schools and 10 barangays of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
The training was held on July 19- 22 2016 at the Aroma Family Hotel, San Jose Occidental Mindoro with which was participated by 52 individuals. The training is projected to build up the competence of the barangays and schools by equipping them with enough knowledge and skills when it comes to safety measures and disaster risk reduction and management response through a high extent of awareness and assigning of school-based evacuation centers thus reducing casualties by at least 50%.
Realizing the impact of DRRM, Joel Alonsabe, a teacher from Salafay Minority School was all praises to the training team saying “Thanks to PMFTC thru JVOFI in Partnership with MDRRMO of San Jose, this training enlightened me about the differences between disaster, hazard and vulnerability. We are hoping that we are going to have a follow-up training so that we will be equipped more” while Marlon Martinez, Principal of Central National High School said, “I enjoyed the training very much I was able to refresh and reinforce myself on the duties and responsibilities as the chairman of the school-based Disaster Management Council thanks to PMFTC and JVOFI.”//devcomm