by Justin Paul D. Marbella, OWWA RWOI
The Ilocos Region is one of the areas in the country mostly frequented by typhoons. These natural disasters have been causing adverse effects to families and communities in the region.
This is reason why the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI took various activities to join the nation in the observance of the 2015 National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) with the theme, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”
Officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI sat on a two-hour lecture on “Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response” at the Regional Welfare Office I,. The lecture was given by Mr. Benedick C. Sarmiento of the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Some walk-in clients have also joined the lecture after their transactions were made.
Mr. Sarmiento discussed on the various natural disasters such as typhoons, flood, earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic eruption. He also talked on the human-induced hazards such as fire, environmental pollution, vehicular accidents, and armed conflicts.
In the lecture, the OWWA officers and staff have also learned the measures to be followed before, during and after the occurrence of these disasters.
OIC Rhoda Nilda Placida R. Lee says the lecture provided vital information for the officers and staff in their discharge of functions and responsibilities. “As the frontline government agency that caters to the needs of OFWs and their families, part of our primary development activities is going down to the grassroots to extend our programs and services. We also conduct project monitoring in different areas in the region, usually located in the outskirts and interior communities,” OIC Lee says. “This highlights the need to equip these government frontliners with necessary information as they go in the field.”
Aside from the lecture, OWWA RWOI also displayed the 2015 NCDM Streamer as a way of public information of this national observance. The office will also conduct an Earthquake and Fire Drill, which will be scheduled later this year.