OCD disaster consciousness month activities set

SEVERAL activities have been lined up by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month in July.

The activities will include the following: inspection of disaster responds unit equipment; inspection of high rise building; regional essay writing contest; orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; training for the formulation of local climate change action plan; fire drill and basic first aid; orientation on disaster preparedness; summit and training exercise simulating mass casualty incidents; massive inspection of piers; evacuation drills; first aid and basic life support; tsunami and earthquake drill; bloodletting; and, other disaster consciousness activities.

OCD Assistant Regional Director Emilia Vasquez-Julhajan said the activities are aimed to raise public awareness in disaster preparedness.

Julhajan said the people should know what to do since no one is spared when there are calamities, both man-made and natural.

This year's observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month is anchored on the theme: "Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan."

July is declared at National Disaster Consciousness by virtue of Executive Order No. 137 issued on August 10, 1999 by then President Joseph Estrada. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)
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