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Capacitating youth leaders towards disaster-resilient community

BUSTOS — The Department of Interior and Local Government Bulacan, in partnership with the Provincial Government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted a two-day activity entitled “2023 WEmboree: Changing Mindset from Me to We” recently.

According to Felicisima L. Mungcal, PDRRMO head, the activity that was attended by approximately ninety Sangguniang Kabataan officials and leaders of various youth organizations was aimed to increase the awareness of the youth regarding disaster preparedness.

“During the said  activity, the roles of the youth, especially the Sangguniang Kabataan officials were emphasized as it was discussed that disaster preparedness is mandated under the law and is one of the priority programs under the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP), to which the Sangguniang Kabataan’s LYDP, CBYDP and ABYIP are anchored,” Mungcal said.

Simulation drills and exercises were also conducted by  the Bulacan Rescue to test the participants’ capability to respond on various emergency situations.
Lastly, the Department’s advocacy program Operation Listo was tackled, including its sub-program Listong Pamayanan.

In her message, Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia, CESO V, reminded the participants of the importance of youth participation in nation-building and their crucial role in promoting community resilliency.

Also, Hon.  Robert John Myron Nicolas, SK Federation President, Bulacan Chapter, encouraged the participants to partake actively in educating the community.

Meanwhile, Hon. Alex Castro, Vice Governor, Province of Bulacan, inspired the participants, stressing in his message that public service requires no position but a heart to serve.

Capping off the activity,  the participants signed a pledge of commitment expressing their undertaking to educate their constituents towards achieving the government’s objective of building a disaster-resilient community. (Unlinews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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