QUEZON CITY, July 21 (PIA) — Rank and file employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Mimaropa recently received first aid kits, whistles and flashlights during the kick off ceremony for National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) at the regional field office in Manila.
The whistles are effective tools to call attention for people trapped in collapsed structures.
Whistles can also draw attention for people under a heart attack or having a stroke.
Flashlights, on the other hand, are indispensable companion during power outages while first-aid kits are sources of instant relief to the injured and wounded while waiting for professional medical assistance.
The kick-off ceremony was a demonstration of the regional office to “quickly and compassionately serve the public before, during and after disasters.”
The occasion likewise supported the awareness campaign on disaster risk reduction and resiliency within the regional office.
Sheila S. Tapia, head of the DSWD-Mimaropa Assistance and Management Unit (DREAM U), said it is important for everybody to learn how to survive calamities especially during the wet season, a time when typhoons frequent the country.
Apart from the distribution of kits, there were orientation on disaster risk reduction and management, blood-letting activity and the Holy Mass celebration.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued Executive Order No. 29, S. 2017 renaming the month of July from National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) to National Disaster Resilience Month.
The change in name stressed the shift from disaster awareness to disaster resiliency through the conduct of activities on disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster rehabilitation and recovery. (LP/DSWD-Mimaropa)