SK lead­ers urged to be DRRM ad­vo­cates

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NA­TIONAL DRRM Coun­cil Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and Of­fice of Civil De­fense Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ri­cardo Jalad urged youth lead­ers to be an ad­vo­cate of Dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment dur­ing a gath­er­ing in the Sum­mer Cap­i­tal.

“Every­one can be­come a hero in dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment,” Jalad told the youth lead­ers who at­tended the Na­tional Youth Com­mis­sion -led Sang­gu­ni­ang K abataan Na­tional Sum­mit held re­cently at Teach­ers’ Camp.

Jalad out­lined the coun­try needs DRRM ad­vo­cates and he­roes given that the Philip­pines ranked 2nd in 2014 and then 3rd in the past three years (2015 to 2017) in the World Risk Dis­as­ter Re­port based on the study of the UN Univer­sity In­sti­tute for En­vi­ron­ment and Hu­man Se­cu­rity.

Dis­as­ter brings se­ri­ous dis­rup­tion of the func­tion­ing of a com­mu­nity or a so­ci­ety given the hu­man, ma­te­rial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal losses that it brings, he said.

For the gov­ern­ment, Jalad dis­closed that the coun­try al­ready shifted from dis­as­ter re­sponse to the pro – ac­tive ap­proach of DRRM guided by Re­pub­lic Act 10121, that fo­cus on four the­matic ar­eas namely Dis­as­ter Preven­tion and Mit­i­ga­tion, Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness, Dis­as­ter Re­sponse and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Re­cov­ery.

Jalad en­cour­aged the coun­try’s youth lead­ers to learn more about dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment and help in en­sur­ing dis­as­ter- re­silient com­mu­ni­ties by start­ing their DRRM ad­vo­cacy in their own fam­i­lies, fel­low youth and in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

Other learn­ing ses­sions in the sum­mit in­cluded lead­er­ship, good gover­nance, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and the SK role as re­servists of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines, among oth­ers.

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