Monday, April 5, 2021

OCD holds virtual training course

PAGADIAN CITY – Nearly three dozen participants from various government agencies and public utilities sector graduated from a 3-day (online) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Training Course conducted here recently by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 9.

OCD Regional Director Manuel Luis Ochotorena

Participants and instructors to the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training Course conducted online by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 9.

The instructors for came from various the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Department of Health, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Philippine Red Cross and Office of Civil Defense in Western Mindanao. 

The blended learning training course, a modality adapted by the OCD through the Capacity Building and Training Service under the National Disaster Risk Reduction and

Management Education and Training Program. It is a part of the OCD’s capacity-building initiatives, especially during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The 34 graduates were from the National Telecommunications Commission in Region 9, Department of Information and Communications Technology–Mindanao Cluster I, Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative I, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Pagadian City Water District, Dipolog City Water District, Ipil-Titay Water District, Zamboanga City Water District and the Isabela City Water District. 

OCD Regional Director Manuel Luis Ochotorena - also chairman of the Regional Risk-Reduction Management Council - emphasized the importance of capacitating the public sector in DRRM, considering their services are the vital to public interest. 

“This training is not just to equip you with knowledge in disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster rehabilitation and recovery, but also to let you undertake a personal commitment to be DRRM advocates,” said Ochotorena during the event. 

“The role of non-government stakeholders, private sectors, civil society groups and volunteer organizations in mainstreaming and strengthening DRRM is pivotal in the attainment of our over-all goal and vision in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Continuous capacity building, and prevention and mitigation efforts are vital in enhancing resiliency, and improving our services to the people,” he added. (Kimberly Amor)

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