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01 July 2018 – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) holds the Run for Resilience, the kick-off activity of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2018 at the Parade Grounds, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

More than 1,200 runners from 33 government agencies and disaster management institutions joined fun run (3K) and race (5K and 10K). NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana, himself led the fun run together with DND Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries, and heads of invited Agencies.

Prizes were conferred to the top three (3) winners of the race categories under the Women-40 below, Women-40 and above, Male-40 below, and Male-40 and above subcategories. First, second, and third place winners will receive Php10, 000.00, Php 8,000.00 and Php 5,000.00 cash respectively.

The Run for Resilience is the opening activity of the NDRM 2018 conducted simultaneously across all regions through the OCD Regional Offices. With the theme: KATATAGAN SA KALAMIDAD ay Makakamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan, several activities are lined-up for this month as part of the continuous efforts to promote and build national resilience. The resilience mobile photography, essay writing contest, and poster making contest are among the scheduled activities at the national level.   

Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana conferred medals to the race winners and plaques of appreciation to the MMDA, AFP, and DOH-HEMB in appreciation of their contributions to the success of the event.

In his message, Secretary Lorenzana encouraged everyone to commit to building resilient Filipino communities by empowering individuals.  

“The responsibility in disaster risk management does not lie on DND, NDRRMC, and OCD alone. It is everyone’s concern, hence citizens, political leaders, government institutions, private organizations, and civil society organizations must work towards having a resilient nation,” says Secretary Lorenzana.

 

Executive Order Number 29 dated 28 June 2017 mandates the observance the National Disaster Resilience Month throughout the country through the conduct of activities relative to building disaster resilience covering the four thematic areas namely disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response and disaster rehabilitation and recovery.