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OCD-5, MGB-5 hold training on geo-hazard awareness, disaster preparedness

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 25 — The Office of Civil Defense Regional Office 5 (OCD-5) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office 5 (MGB-5) have formed a partnership for the holding of one-day training on geo-hazard awareness and disaster preparedness for 11 local government units (LGUs) in the provinces of Masbate and Camarines Sur.

OCD-5 Director Bernardo R. Alejandro IV said the training aims at further enhancing people’s awareness on the urgency of disaster preparedness and reducing disaster risks by providing science-based knowledge on the different geo-hazards existing in these LGUs.

The training has already been conducted for the LGUs of Placer, Cawayan and Balud in the province of Masbate on August 19, 20 and 22, respectively.

It will be conducted at the LGUs of Balatan, Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Pasacao, Pamplona in the province of Camarines Sur on September 1-9 and at the LGU of Jovellar, also in Albay, on September 11.

Participants in the training are punong barangay (village chieftains), members of the barangay council and members of the different municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils.

MGB-5 OIC-regional director Theodore Rommel E. Pestaño said the training is highlighted by distribution of geo-hazard maps with orientation on geo-hazard map reading and presentation of the duties and functions of local disaster risk reduction and management councils/committees.

This, he said, is meant to ensure that every barangay is disaster prepared towards the implementation of the Regional DRRMC5 policy on “zero casualty.” (PNA)


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