OCD: Youth must learn about quake preparedness

By Roi Lomotan

OCD-NIR Officer Allen Cabaron talks to some members of the local media and shares some of group’s initial assessment on the conduct of the 2nd Quarter NSED at WCES, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)


DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – In line with the observance of the 2nd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) today, the Office of Civil Defense – Negros Island Region (OCD-NIR) stressed the importance of educating young people on earthquake preparedness.

In an interview with members of the local media after the conduct of NSED at West City Elementary School (WCES), OCD-NIR Officer Allen Cabaron emphasized that it is important for young Filipinos to learn earthquake preparedness since they belong in the vulnerable sector during disasters.

“This is important because the youth is one of the vulnerable sectors of the society.  Aside from this, young people can also contribute a lot of help (on disaster preparedness) if we can capacitate them through their teachers and DepEd,” Cabaron said.

He also pointed out that students can share what they’ve learned on earthquake preparedness with their families because emergencies can also happen in every individual’s home.

Officers of the OCD together with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) here led the conduct of the 2nd Quarter NSED at WCES.

At around 9:00 am, the school sounded a warning siren signifying the start of the earthquake drill.

After that, pupils from different grade levels rushed outside of their classrooms with their hands over their heads in a cover position and proceeded outside of the school where they stayed until the end of the drill.

A group of rescue officers also conducted a mock rescue drill for students who served as victims of the earthquake.

Some students also aided rescue team in providing first aid to those who acted as casualties of the earthquake.

Officers from the local Bureau of Fire Protection who also joined the earthquake drill practiced the necessary response to fire incidents caused by the earthquake.

Before the start of the drill, some teachers briefed students on what to do in case a calamity strikes.

They also instructed students to do the “duck-cover-hold” position once an earthquake occurs in the city.

Dr. Evangel Luminarias, schools division superintendent of the Department of Education-Division of Dumaguete, disclosed that disaster preparedness is already integrated in their lectures to their pupils.

Aside from this, she also added that students were also trained by professionals on providing first aid to victims of calamities.

Dr. Luminarias also lauded the RDRRMC for leading the observance of NSED in the city today.

“This is a good practice. This is a drill in preparation to any calamity. This is a good practice of our schools to ensure our children are safe,” she added. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on June 22, 2016)


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