“Iba na ang Panahon” – know what to do PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:46

The measurement of the success of the 2-day disaster management event, “Iba na Ang Panahon,” of DOST (Department of Science and Technology) and its affiliate Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVOCS) in coordination with Department of Local Interior Government (DILG) will put into test when a natural disaster (earthquake, typhoon, flood, and the likes)  strikes  Western Mindanao. 

The more 300 participants from LGUs (local government units) in Region 9, which includes Mayors, Vice-Mayors, Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, and other representatives were taught how to be alert, what to do, and avail new technologies from DOST about disaster management. There will be lesser casualties and loss of properties if they do this. Better be prepared as DOST-9 Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano encouraged the attendees.

I learned too. Why hide under the table when you can run fast I used to believed. But I was educated that this is the best one can do to save your life. Thanks to one Philvocs staff who told me that when one runs out of a building there is a higher chance that falling objects can hurt or even kill you. An earthquake will only last few seconds, he said. Running immediately from a second floor building is more dangerous, he warned.   Funny I shared because in an earthquake drill at SSS-Zamboanga building last month. None of the employees and the people inside was advised to hide under a table first when an earthquake strikes. Everybody was told to walk fast outside the building. Philvocs Director Renato Solidum told me this is wrong.
I hope the Zamboanga delegates in this event can shared what they learned to all government and private sectors down to the barangay level what are the proper procedures or actions to take when a natural disaster strikes. Aside from news from TV and radio, I learned too we can log into the websites and facebook of DOST, Philvocs, and PIA for updates and call them 24/7 – anytime, anyday. Photo in this spread credits go to PIA-9 (Philippine Information Agency).

By Dante Corteza

Romans 8:19-21. “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”