LINGAYEN -- Residents and community leaders involved in disaster management from various towns gathered here recently and reviewed the province's disaster plan, which had become a model in disaster resilience by other provinces.

The forum, conducted by the office of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III in partnership with the Provincial Government here, sought to instill in the minds of the people the useful information on basic protection, operations, and first aids in times of calamities.

Citing the Provincial Government’s disaster preparedness, Pimentel said the Province’s enthusiasm and concern for awareness in disaster risk reduction and management is a great example for other provinces to follow.

Pimentel said the activity, which aimed to infuse into the minds of the public the importance of calamity awareness, was a repetition of important messages for them to have automatic action in times of disaster and be able to save not only their lives but also the lives of others.

Lectures discussed in the forum focused on Project NOAH of the Department of Science and Technology, basics on the search and rescue operations, first aid in times of calamities, fire protection and psychological aid after calamities. (PIA)