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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PWDs undergo disaster training

By:Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-9 recently held a training on disaster risk reduction and management to some persons with disabilities (PWDs) coming from the different parts of the region.

Among the topics discussed were preparedness during an earthquake, tsunami, fire and typhoon by OCD’s training specialist Ferdinand Bernal.

Some 48 PWDs participated in the training, which is a part of the capacity building services and information, education and communication campaign of the OCD.

Bernal said it is essential that differently-abled persons would know how to react in case a disaster would hit their place.

“For a start, we need to have a disaster plan to know what to do when a disaster occurs,” he said.

He even cited how typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in the history of the Philippines, had ravaged the province of Leyte.

“Most people were not prepared and were not fully educated how to react when Yolanda struck which is why it had caused so much death,” he said.

It can be recalled that typhoon Yolanda or “Haiyan,” its international name, caused great damage in Southern Philippines leaving several deaths on its wake and thousands of people homeless.

Bernal said “out of this training, we can presume that you would be knowledgeable on disaster and what measures to undertake to be safe or to be protected.”