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People's health, security, housing, and access to food, water, and other basic necessities are all impacted by disasters and significant catastrophes. As a result, improving disaster/emergency preparedness as well as reaction to various natural and man-made calamities is critical.

 

The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 1, led by its Disaster Management and Health Services Unit (DMHSU) actively participated in the Second Quarter - Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on June 9, 2022, by conducting various activities which include the online ceremonial pressing of the button simultaneously done with the performance of the “Duck-Cover-Hold” while maintaining the minimum public health standards in the workplace. To add, a Photo Contest was also facilitated by the DMHSU which was participated by the different units of DOST. As part of the activity’s aim to promote awareness to disaster preparedness, all entries were posted through the DMHSU Facebook page to disseminate to the public the proper way of executing the “Duck-Cover-Hold”. The winners will be announced during the virtual flag raising ceremony of DOST 1 on June 13, 2022.

Moreover, the DMHSU facilitated a webinar entitled “Fostering a Resilient Community: a Webinar on Earthquake and Fire Preparedness”, which emphasized necessary information in preparing for disasters like earthquake and fire. The webinar was attended by DOST 1 staff and the public via Facebook LIVE.

As part of her welcome remarks, Atty. Jasmin C. Bañez, Assistant Regional Director for Finance and Administrative Services, reiterated the importance of engaging in such activities to gain more knowledge and to take part in achieving resiliency in the community.

Mr. Jeffrey S. Perez, Supervising Science Research Specialist/ Geologist from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) presented the earthquake hazards and preparedness for Ilocos Region. He stressed out the actions to be undertaken before an earthquake happens which include familiarizing with one’s workplace and residence, preparing emergency or survival kit and identifying safe and dangerous areas.

Senior Fire Officer 1 April Jhon A. Tumbaga from Bureau of Fire Protection – City of San Fernando Fire Station discussed the basic fire science concepts which comprise of the elements, stages and classes of fire. He also enlightened the participants on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. SFO1 Tumbaga stressed out several fire protection strategies including fire safety at home and in the workplace.

DMHSU Head Mr. Michael John C. Maquiling expressed his appreciation to the speakers and attendees for their contribution and active participation to the different disaster preparedness activities conducted. He said that disaster preparedness is vital not only to the workplace but to the whole community, hence in connection to SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), he encouraged everyone to continue to engage in different disaster awareness and preparedness activities to achieve a safe, resilient, and sustainable community.