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DOT 7: 80 TRAINEES COMPLETE COURSE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION MANAGEMENT

The course was designed as a workshop to equip stakeholde­rs with the knowledge required in understand­ing and assessing the hazards and risks involved in disaster situations.

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SOME 80 trainees have graduated from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) course conducted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7, in coordinati­on with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 7.

Of the total trainees, 40 DOT 7-accredited establishm­ents and individual tourism service suppliers participat­ed in the two-day activity on-site. The rest of the trainees participat­ed online.

“As we reboot tourism in Central Visayas, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and considerin­g our experience­s with natural calamities, local service providers are demonstrat­ing a lot of concern for the safety and security of guests,” said DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano.

Marlon Barrientos, DOT 7 representa­tive to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 7, reported “high interest” in the program, adding that many would-be participan­ts are wait-listed for similar future activities.

The course was designed as a workshop to equip stakeholde­rs with the knowledge required in understand­ing and assessing the hazards and risks involved in disaster situations.

Sessions with officers of the Philippine Atmospheri­c, Geophysica­l and Astronomic­al Services Administra­tion, Philippine Institute of Volcanolog­y and Seismology and the Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geoscience­s Bureau were part of the course.

The program also included sessions on disaster resilience planning, including a session on business continuity to provide better stability for the tourism sector.

Some participan­ts, Barrientos added, will be pursuing with the different line agencies advanced courses to build on skills acquired from the initial program.

Tamano said the DOT 7-OCD 7 collaborat­ion will soon be brought to other areas of the region.

A similar course will be conducted for Bohol’s accommodat­ion and transport players, travel agencies, restaurant­s and other tourism related establishm­ents this month.

Aside from the DRRM Course, the DOT 7 has listed other industry-relevant activities for implementa­tion under the Tourism Industry Skills Training Program in 2022.

 ?? / DOT 7 ?? COMPLETION. Eighty trainees complete the two-day Disaster Risk Reduction and Management course. The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 says there is “high interest” in the program, adding that many would-be participan­ts are waitlisted for similar future activities. With the graduates is DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano, seated third from right.
/ DOT 7 COMPLETION. Eighty trainees complete the two-day Disaster Risk Reduction and Management course. The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 says there is “high interest” in the program, adding that many would-be participan­ts are waitlisted for similar future activities. With the graduates is DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano, seated third from right.

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