Orendain to public: Take part in disaster risk reduction PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:54

City caretaker and officer-in-charge Antonio Orendain Jr. has called for active public participation in disaster risk reduction efforts to help mitigate effects of disasters and other emergency situations.

In a message during the opening of the National Disaster Prevention Month at the Paseo del Mar Saturday morning, Orendain, who represented Mayor Celso Lobregat, thanked the participants to the fun run and other kick off activities organized by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) formerly the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council.

“As what our theme encourages, we need to participate or “Makialam” and to unite or “Makiisa” so that potential risks can be reduced or much better can be prevented”, the city caretaker said stressing that the people’s participation in the program yesterday signified concern to the welfare of others.

He said: “We can do more by teaching our friends, neighbors, family or officemates on what to prepare and how to react during an earthquake, flood, or any disaster of damaging effects”.

While nobody wishes for any disaster to happen, the good turnout of participants in the opening activity manifests public consciousness towards calamity, according to Orendain. “As much as possible we hope that during a disaster everyone is safe.”

Safety is everybody’s concern and it can be available to those who are prepared and vigilant. It is in readiness that one will find calmness and peace of mind rather than panic and anxiety, he added. — Sheila Covarrubias