“Iba na ang panahon” – weather pattern have changed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

Typhoon during summer, frequent earthquakes, unexpected storm surge, high rise floods, strong cyclones, dreaded tsunami, and other natural disasters seem to be “natural” nowadays. “Iba na ang panahon” is a reality we have to face head-on.

And if our city or a community is not prepare what to do before a disaster strikes (we can’t stop it definitely), there will be more loses of lives and properties. To be well equipped and prepared is the best defense our local government officials can do for us.

This was the essence of the 2-day awareness campaign and advocacy event, “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities in Region-9,” held in Garden Orchid Hotel from April 7-8. It was conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Office of the Civil Defense. Provincial governors, city/municipal mayors, and disaster risk reduction managers of Zamboanga Peninsula were the main participants.

The event is designed to help local government leaders understand deeper the impact of hazards in their respective communities. The good news here - there are now available new scientific information and high-tech equipment (such as 3D maps, apps, and others) from DOST that can help a community formulate local disaster preparedness and risk communication plans.  This means community will know what to do beforehand in case a disaster happens.

“Early warning leads to early action,” DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said, “if our local leaders are able to act early, then they will be able to minimize loss and lead their communities into early recovery.” “Iba na and Panahon” embraces the change in our seasonal climate and weather patterns and the severity of the impact of weather-related natural hazards in the country, Sec. Montejo added.
The Zamboanga event is their 7th leg out of 16 target regions nationwide.
If the attendees participated, listened well, and will apply what they learned when they go back to their respective government offices, we can expect that they will know what to do when natural disasters strike.
(Photo credits go to Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Western Mindanao).

Is Zamboanga City more ready and well-equipped for disaster management? I hope it will be after this event.

Psalm 18:6-7 “i
In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.”