CEBU CITY, Philippines – In order to have a disaster resilient community, Disaster Officers in both Cebu City and Province pointed out that disaster preparedness must start in the Family.

In the “Kapihan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA)” held today June 21, 2017 Wednesday at Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI) Plenary Hall, Cebu City Disaster Officer Harold Alcontin and Cebu Province Disaster Officer Katherine dela Calzada underscored that they invested more on disaster preparedness in the Family Level as the Family is the basic unity of society.

“Kung andam ang Pamilya sa kalamidad, luwas ang kumonidad (If the Family is prepared for disaster, the community will be safe,” dela Calzada enthuses.

For his part, Alcontin shared that the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office also invested more on disaster preparedness among the four thematic areas of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Plan, adding that they have already the template for Natural Hazards.

The four thematic areas of NDRRMC included (1) Disaster Prevention and Mitigation; (2) Disaster Preparedness; (3) Disaster Response; and (4) Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Both dela Calzada and Alcontin encouraged the public to do their share for disaster preparedness to follow the early warning system and monitor updates from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

During the activity, PAGASA Cebu OIC Engr. Alfredo Quiblat also shared the activities for the observance of the Typhoon and Flood Awareness Week from June 19-24 with the theme, "Science-Based Information for Safer Nation Against Typhoon and Flood."

Quiblat stressed that the celebration is based from Presidential Proclamation 1535 declaring the third week of June 2008 and every year thereafter as “Typhoon and Flood Awareness Week”.

He said the country will experience 9 to 14 more tropical cyclones expected until towards the end of the year, citing that PAGASA will always issue public warning and advisory as needed.

The discussion also highlighted several solutions and interventions from both the City and Province of Cebu in terms of preparedness for typhoon and flood.

Dela Calzada, Alcontin and Quiblat were the guests of Kapihan sa PIA today.

The activity is held every Wednesday weekly which featured various issues with different Government Offices. It is aired live in Radyo ng Bayan DYMR 576 kHz Cebu City and telecast in Skycable Channel 53. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)