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Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 04/10/2014

September 12-13, 2014

The Good Shepherd communities were invited to this Disaster Preparedness Training, organized by Sister Regina Kuizon, Philippine Province Unit Leader.  It was a response to the MMEIRS (Metropolitan Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study) papers  that was received.  The study cited the West Valley Fault  (formerly known as Marikina Valley Faults)is due to exhibit dangers within the next few years, if the estimates of an official of the PHIVOCS  (Philippine  Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) are valid.  The estimated magnitude will be around 7 or more.  MMEIRS also raised the possible intensity from 7 to even 9 could be devastating.  It will cause the collapsed of buildings in northeastern Quezon City, western Marikina, eastern Pasig, Muntinlupa-Laguna Bay and Mandaluyong-Makati.  

The Quiapo Disaster Management Ministry was invited to give this two-day seminar on Disaster Preparedness Training.  The team was headed by Msgr. Clem Ignacio.  With him were Mrs. Minerva Seculles -  Social Development Ministry Head;  Mr. Glen Lawas - DPRM  (Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry ) supervisor; Ms Rachelle Ann Corpus- DPRM staff; Mr. Jason Penon - DPMR staff and Mr. Rolando Reyes, Jr – on the job trainee.

The objective was:  Makita kung papaano makapag respond sa nakitang mga hazard na maka apekto sa atin.  (To be able to respond to the hazards that may affect us.)


After an input on the different kinds of hazards, natural and man-made hazards, a framework was presented – HYOGO Framework of Action.

The participants were divided into small groups by communities:  Provincialate community, Good Shepherd community, Euphrasian community, SBS community, Heart of Mary Villa community, Bukid Kabataan community, Maridge community, and St. John’s compound community.  Each community was asked to do a mapping of their environment  using the tools for hazard assessment:  historical profile or timeline, visualization and projection,  and seasonal calendar;  its vulnerability were identified  and strengths as well.  As our guide, a map of Quezon City profile was projected zeroing on 1043 Aurora Boulevard compound.

One of the recommendation was that each one have a survival kit.  Called “GO BAG”, a water proof bag should contain:  biscuit, bottle of water, change of clothing, first aid kit (elastic bandage, alcohol, betadine, vicks vaporub, cotton, band aid), flashlight, radio with battery, gas mask, rain coat, rope (8 meters) whistle, rosary, personal medicine.

The Quiapo Disaster Reduction Team left us with a homework:  remedy the vulnerabilities we have identified and prepare our Go Bags.

The two-day seminar concluded with Sister Regina Kuizon giving a message of gratitude and appreciation to Msgr. Clem Ignacio and team and presented them a big basket of Baguio products.