Val­ley vil­lages un­dergo risk re­duc­tion work­shop

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IN TIMES of calami­ties, the best friend we have are knowl­edge and pre­pared­ness.

In this spirit, Hed­cor to­gether with Aboitiz Foun­da­tion con­ducted Com­mu­nity Based Dis­as­ter Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment sem­i­nar to five barangays in La Trinidad -- Barangays Beckel, Bi­neng, Alno, Ala­pang and Shi­lan.

Around 50 in­di­vid­u­als mostly barangay lead­ers joined the ac­tiv­ity. The Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines - Na­tion­wide Op­er­a­tional As­sess­ment of Haz­ards (UP-NOAH) and Weather Philip­pines Foun­da­tion fa­cil­i­tated the two-day Com­mu­nity-based Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Train­ing (CBDRRM) with the com­mu­nity lead­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Romeo Catin­gub, Hed­cor’s Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, train­ing such as this is a tool to build a re­silient com­mu­nity as we en­deavor to­wards a safe, em­pow­ered, and sus­tain­able host com­mu­ni­ties. Noth­ing can be more im­por­tant than pre­ven­tion of loss of lives and prop­er­ties.

Barangay Cap­tain Jon­nie Puroc of Barangay Alno, sec­onded and that the knowl­edge gained from the sem­i­nar sup­ple­ments that of the Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­as­ter and Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment. Top­ics dis­cussed were track­ing typhoons, earth­quake mon­i­tor­ing, and safety pre­cau­tions dur­ing calami­ties.

UP-NOAH is a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary re­search cen­ter housed in the UP Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ge­o­log­i­cal Sciences with the goal of help­ing re­duce the im­pacts of haz­ards. It seeks to as­sist the coun­try in dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment, cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties through re­search, de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion ser-

vices.

Weather Philip­pines Foun­da­tion, Inc. is a mul­ti­sec­toral ini­tia­tive that aims to pro­vide Filipinos with a pre­mier weather sens­ing and fore­cast­ing sys­tem.

La Trinidad is the host com­mu­nity of the on­go­ing con­struc­tion 19-megawatts La Trinidad Hy­dro. The con­struc­tion reached 40 per­cent com­ple­tion with the tar­get to pro­vide re­new­able en­ergy in 2019.

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