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The celebration commenced with a brief ceremony at Magis Walkway of XU, Cagayan de Oro. This year’s NDCM observance is anchored on the theme “Kahandaan at Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa”.

The kick-off was highlighted by the static display of response assets and equipment, exhibits on the 4 DRRM thematic areas, bloodletting, with personnel of partner agencies, particularly from Cagayan de Oro CDRRMC, BFP, PCG, DOST, PIA, DOH, DILG, NEDA, 4ID, XU, PNP, PRC, 52nd EBde, MGB, ACRC (Radio Group), NHA, DTI, PAGASA.

The IEC campaign and media blitz maximized the community awareness raising especially among the students from various schools and colleges in the city appreciating the programs, projects and activities on DRR by the Council members, Local DRRMCs and partner institutions in the region.

National Disaster Consciousness Month is held every month of July to increase awareness of every Filipino to the threats of disaster and for a better appreciation of the government’s disaster preparedness program, pursuant to the Executive Order No. 137, s. 1999.

Ana C Cañeda, Regional Director of OCD 10, emphasized the importance of operational readiness in the pre-positioning of assets for immediate response to emergencies especially in the expected water-induced incidents during this rainy season.

Further, Dir Cañeda rallied for whole-of-society efforts at empowering communities at the household level in crucial decision making and cooperation with local officials in protecting their families, towards developing the culture of safety among each of us to the collective goal of zero casualty in any incidents.

On a high note, Dir Cañeda called on member agencies and stakeholders for cooperation and support to government DRRM programs.