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Valencia CDRRMC Conducts Disaster Forum with DepEd

To establish coordination and enhance disaster preparedness skills among schools and the City Government of Valencia, CDRRMC conducted Disaster Forum and Localized Thunderstorm Protocol with private and public principals in the City of Valencia on January 15, 2016.

Bringing together key leaders in academe in the whole city, the forum aims to help improve and form strategic partnerships for community disaster preparedness in the city.

Attended by private and public school principals in the city, the forum started with a multimedia presentation followed by the welcome message by CDRRMC Executive Officer Alejandro L. Larosa, Jr.

Engr. Jonares A. Tadena, Project Development Officer and Focal Person of DepEd Valencia City, introduced and acknowledged the participants.

Meanwhile, Ms. Rechel G. Tagaylo, Clerk III of City Mayor’s Office who spoke in behalf of the City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, gave her sincerest thanks to the participants for attending the forum. She also delivered the Mayor’s message, that as the Chairperson of the City Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Local Chief Executive reiterates EO No. 66 stating that in the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAGASA, localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in offices may be implemented by the chairperson of CDRRMC.

The Mayor also encouraged the principals to be more vigilant and should have coordination during emergency response and protocols.

For the overview of disaster preparedness, Capt. Larosa discussed the basics of disaster preparedness in the Philippines. Our country is one of the most high-risk countries in the world for experiencing natural disasters, possible natural disasters includes earthquakes, floods, mudslides, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions and in Valencia City, the August 4 flashflood challenges every BDRMC as well as the private and public schools to be more proactive in dealing with localized thunderstorms and other hydro-meteorological hazards. He also discussed the Human-induced or man-made hazards, and the protocols before, during and after flashfloods.

Ms. Anita R. Fortich, OIC of PAGASA Mindanao Regional Services Division, discussed the meteorological hazards and tropical cyclone warnings and its preparedness. She also explained the six questions to ask: Hazard, Location, Scale, Impact, Timing and Probability and Response.

She also discussed the observations of weather data, Doppler RADAR program, Analysis of weather maps, satellite, RADAR images, formulation of the forecast and other data.

After the presentation of localized thunderstorm by Capt. Larosa, there was an interaction with the participants, CDRRMC and the speakers.

The forum was hosted by Jovenone A. Ellacone, Admin. and Training Officer of CDRRMO Valencia City.