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Phivolcs pursues info campaign on disaster preparedness in rural areas

By Aerol B. Patena

MANILA, May 30 (PNA) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is committed to its information campaign in bringing public awareness on disaster preparedness in the country.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. said the agency is actively involved in disseminating information that would help people prepare for natural disasters especially those who live in remote areas of the country.

“We have been partnering with the mass media in explaining to the people the potential destructive effects of natural hazards in the community,” Solidum said in a press briefing Thursday during the Metro Manila leg of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “Iba Na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities” campaign held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

The agency recently launched its information chart on disaster preparedness that aims to guide broadcasters in issuing warnings on calamities such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, landslides and floods and provide tips for people on what to do during emergencies. The charts may be translated into various dialects and disseminated by local media.

It also provides posters on disaster preparedness which can be easily accessed by people living on mountainous and coastal areas and regularly conducts drills on tsunami and earthquakes with the local government units.

Moreover, Phivolcs conducts a series of information and education campaign in the provinces in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Office of the Civil Defense.

“We use all forms of communication as long as it is effective in preparing people for disasters ,” Solidum stated.

“We hope that would be able to train more partners in the grassroots level to implement disaster risk measures,” he added. (PNA)

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