HUNDREDS of Grade 11 and 12 students joined in this year’s “DRRM Youth Summit” hosted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) at the Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) on Monday, July 4.

PDRRM officer Angelina Blanco said that Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda initiated the said activity to continuously educate the youth regarding disaster preparedness.

This is in line with Executive Order No. 29 s. 2017 declares the month of July of every year as National Disaster Resilience Month.

The observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month seeks to advocate unity towards resilience and sustainable development with a theme: “Sambayanang Pilipino, Nagkakaisa tungo sa Katatagan at Maunlad na Kinabukasan."

Blanco said that Pineda believes that the youth can become frontliners in the communities in times of calamity and disaster.

“Magiging katuwang ng national at local government ang mga kabataan sa pag-iimplement ng mga DRRM projects and programs sa mga communities. Sila lang ang pwedeng makapag-influence sa kanilang mga parents at sa kanilang mga friends sa lakas nga ng leadership ng mga bata ngayon. Sana yung mga natutunan nila through our activities ay madala nila sa kanilang mga barangays at pamilya,” said Blanco.

As part of the summit, a DRRM quiz bee was conducted which was participated in by the senior high school students.

Meanwhile, resource speakers underscored the importance of disaster preparedness that could be applied in the daily lives of the students and their families, especially in times of disasters.