Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10121, DepEd Order No. 50, s. 2011 and Division Memorandum No. 058, s. 2021, the DepEd Quezon through the School Governance and Operations Division – Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (SGOD – DRRM) unit gathered all District DRRM Coordinators for the Division DRRM Seminar-Workshop on Crafting Action Plan at Sevilla’s Farm and Resort, Lucena City, February 18-19, 2021.
To showcase the exemplary DRRM practices in respective stations, the training proper started through the presentation of District DRRM Best Practices. Guiding the district focal persons, PDO-II Arvin P. Repaso discussed about the (Inspired, Intense, Innovative) Is-SAFETY Program and the need for DRRM Action Plan. Said flagship program is focused on four thematic areas of disaster— a) Mitigation; b) Preparedness; c) Response; and Rehabilitation.
“Dapat iisang bangka ang sinasakyan natin.” Repaso underscored, aiming to unify activities in the schools, districts and Division Office. “DRRM is about connection and networking… Partners tayo. Let’s establish DRRM coordination,” he added further.
The program’s keynote speaker was Dr. Melchor Avenilla Jr., Quezon Province DRRM Officer (PDRMMO). He expressed his full support to all the programs and projects of DepEd Quezon’s DRRM unit. He brought and distributed books and magazines as Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials consisting of essential reminders and preparedness measures for calamities and disasters.
“Ano mang bagay na ginagawa natin nang tama nang paulit-ulit, malamang… ay magiging maayos ang resulta,” Avenilla said. Through the leadership of Repaso, the action planning activity commenced in preparation for the regional monitoring of schools’ action plan, and in effort to align activities across governance levels.
Mr. Alfredo B. Oblefias presented the Division Action Plan Template to guide district coordinators in the crafting process. The activity also paved the way to resolve cluster issues and concerns on DRRM at their levels and common practices in their community. Outputs were presented and critiqued by the members of the Technical Working Group who comprise officers from the School Emergency Response Unit (SERU) and other Teacher-SDRRM Coordinators .
DepEd Quezon OIC-SDS Elias A. Alicaya Jr. EdD, SGOD Chief Elizabeth M. De Villa, and Division DRRM Coordinator Repaso with the aid of the TWG ensured the realization of program objectives to make schools as one of the safest places for teachers, learners and stakeholders in the community.
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