Region 1 kicks off National Disaster Resilience Month

SAN FERNANDO CITY — A parade of disaster and response vehicles in the town of Bauang on Monday marked the kick-off ceremony of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) in Region 1.

Formerly called National Disaster Consciousness Month, the celebration was was renamed to NDRM through and Executive Order No. 29 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017.

Under the executive order, NDRM is to be observed July every year.

The modification of the name aims to shift the focus of the government as well as private institutions from disaster awareness to building the spirit of disaster resiliency.

Office of Civil Defense Region 1 (OCD R1) led the motorcade with more than 30 vehicles from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 1 (RDRRMC1), provincial government of La Union and the city government of San Fernando.

Aside from the NDRM streamers displayed in each vehicle, DRRM Information, Education and Communication materials were also distributed to the public.

After the motorcade, the inauguration of the new location of OCD R1 and RDRRMC1 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was held at Ed Fabro Building in Barangay Pagdalagan, San Fernando City with Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James E. Purisima, Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration of OCD as guest of honor and speaker.

In his message for the occasion, OCD Regional Director and Chairperson of RDRRMC1 Melchito M. Castro emphasized the importance of unity and “bayanihan” among the various government agencies, private organizations and other stakeholders to attain a safer, more secured and disaster-resilient Region 1.

He also encouraged other agencies and LGUs to continue prioritizing DRRM to better serve the people especially during times of disaster.

“Because disaster resilience is not just a single occasion to be celebrated every July; this is a culture we should create and practice in our everyday living,” Castro added. LVM/