KIDAPAWAN CITY – Believing in the role of the youth in preparedness and protection of the Mother Earth, the North Cotabato provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC) is set to train the young and energetic youth leaders in the province on disaster preparedness.
The training will be carried out in three different areas in the province.
Dubbed as “Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay”, the training will have around 1,140 youth from different public high schools and colleges as active participants.
The youth are members of Student Supreme Governments of both public and private schools with their advisers and are expected to undergo lectures, drills and simulation exercise about the subject which focus on three major topics.
These include orientation of the participants on Republic Act 10121 or the act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management system, organizing and equiping the youth leaders with adequate skills to respond to any disaster or calamity whether man-made or natural and enhance public awareness and improving school preparedness and mitigation of the ill-effects of calamities.
Cynthia Ortega, PDRRMC chair, said that the training’s underlying principle is to give the youth, particularly those in public schools, the capacity as well as the competence to respond and act appropriately whenever disasters occur.
She said that under Rule 10 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10121, the DRRM Councils from the national down to the local level shall encourage the community, specifically the youth to participate in disaster risk reduction and management activities.
Thus the “Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay” training will be initiated to realize this among the students as well as advisers of student organizations.
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza has allotted the amount of P698,580 to cover practically all expenses of the training. The amount came from the 2014 DRRM trust and general fund.
ACF (Action Contra Famine), an international hunger relief organization with a satellite office in the Provincial Capitol compound, has joined the training and allotted P100,000 as counterpart.
Mendoza said the training aims to inculcate the importance of preparedness, not only among responders or rescuers, but also among the youth which comprises large population in the community.
The calamities due to typhoons experienced by the province in previous years severely affected the towns of Kabacan, Pikit, M’lang, Tulunan, Midsayap and Pigcawayan and the devastation brought by typhoons in other parts of the country such as Ondoy in Manila (2009), Pablo (2012) and Yolanda (2013) prompted the governor to back-up actions and advocacy to mitigate the effects.
She also partnered with the Department of Education for the conduct of emergency preparedness training such as in the case of “Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay,” where the education department has roles to play.
Aside from the PDRRMO center, the North Cotabato Emergency Response Team (NCERT) composed of employees from different department of the capitol will also take an active role in the training. (PNA)