All set for Disaster Consciousness month

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Monday, June 30, 2014


ALL is set for the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) that will start Tuesday, July 1, in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Officer-in-Charge Jose Eric Castillo said Monday they have lined up several activities in line with the observance of the NDCM.

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ZAMBOANGA. OCD officer-in-charge Jose Eric Castillo answers questions from the media in a press conference Monday concerning the National Disaster Consciousness Month observance. (Bong Garcia)

Castillo said the observance will kick-off with a thanksgiving mass at 7 a.m. and will be followed by a motorcade in Zamboanga City.

Castillo said the motorcade will pass through this city’s main thoroughfares and will end at the Paseo del Mar, where a short program will follow.

The NDCM observance this year is anchored on the theme “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran.”

There will be a series of trainings and emergency drills to be conducted for the first responders and students in the different parts of the region, said Castillo.

He said the trainings include the Water Search and Rescue from July 1-5 in Zamboanga Sibugay, and Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis.

He said there will be earthquake drills on July 2 at 8 a.m. at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School and at 10 a.m. at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University high school department.

A similar drill will also be held on July 11 in Dipolog City.

Other activities include rescue Olympics and friendly basketball and volleyball tournament, Castillo said.

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