Microfinance clients undergo disaster preparedness and response training, meat processing

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A training on disaster preparedness and response and meat processing was attended by 120 Microfinance clients on November 25-27, 2015.

The disaster preparedness and response (DPR) training aimed to provide practical ways for clients to better prepare their families in the event of a disaster.

With Christopher Bartolo, a seasoned broadcaster as the resource speaker, topics discussed for the DPR training included threat and hazard assessment, contingency planning and preparation; and, simplified fire, earthquake, typhoon, landslide, and first aid drills and workshop.

“Disaster preparedness is achieving peace of mind. One will worry less if you know what to do in times of disaster,” said Bartolo.

Bartolo advised the participants to prepare an important numbers list of the different government unit emergency responders and family contacts. Safe keeping and proper storage of their important documents like government-provided certificates is also a must.

On the other hand, the meat processing training aimed to provide an additional livelihood option for clients through demo teaching on making Christmas ham and longganisa by Cipriano Alvarado.

“In making tender-juicy and delicious home-made ham, the secret lies in the passion that emanates from our hands during the preparation,” Alvarado said.

Alvarado is a retired personnel of DOST who was in-charge of livelihood projects, and is currently recommended as trainer by TESDA, ALS and DTI.

The activity is part of the capacity-building activities designed by the Foundation’s Microfinance Program for their clients.// #with reports from Cheryl Ann Mabli

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