CEBU CITY, Philippines - Lights and sirens can be seen and heard from firetrucks, ambulances and disaster response vehicles which flocked and paraded along the streets in Cebu City early morning today, the first day of July.

That was the kick-off activity of the Cebu City Government through its Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) with the 2017 National Disaster Resiliency Month celebration.

The activity aims to raise public awareness in disaster preparedness and resiliency as the City of Cebu is one with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in observing the National Disaster Resiliency Month celebration with the theme, "4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan."

In his message during the short program held at Plaza Sugbo in front of Cebu City Hall right after the caravan, CCDRRMC head Nagiel Bañacia encouraged everyone to participate in the series of activities line up for the celebration.

Bañacia enthuses that the City of Cebu lined-up a lot of activities for the entire month of July such as Disaster Responders Summit and Refresher Course for Fire Volunteers and Communicators, among others.

Fire volunteers also received a good news as the Cebu City's Disaster head announced that the City of Cebu will be giving their honorarium starting this month.

Harold Alcontin, head for operations of CCDRRMC likewise reminded everyone to do their job well in disaster preparedness and operations especially in observing protocols.

Disaster personnel are also deployed in the Staging Areas during the ASEAN Meetings held in Cebu City starting today until July 7.

The month of July is declared as the National Disaster Consciousness Month by virtue of Executive Order 137 signed by former Philippine President Joseph Estrada in 1999, later, the celebration became a National Disaster Resilience Month. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)