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by: Earl Matthew Sabile


Summer is here and it is once again fire prevention month. Numerous fire safety campaigns are being conducted every day in offices, schools, and local communities, all aiming to raise awareness and promote a safer environment for everyone. 

Last March 14, 2019, the City Government of Malabon through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (Malabon DRRMO) conducted the “DRR Caravan” for the fourth consecutive year at the Malabon City Amphitheater and Oreta Sports Center. The program engaged school children of Malabon, along with their parents and teachers, in raising awareness on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Although conducted in March in observance of the Fire Prevention Month, the program did not just focus on increasing the participants’ preparedness and understanding on fire hazards, but also with other potential hazards that may occur such typhoons, flashfloods, earthquakes, tsunamis, among others.

The Department of Science and Technology, a staunch partner of Malabon City in many of its projects, supported and took part in this significant city-wide event. Along with other National Government Agencies like the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), and Non-Government Organizations (NGO), DOST thru the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) put up interactive exhibits at the Oreta Sports Center. 

PHIVOLCS brought a miniature scale model of the Taal Volcano, a tsunami simulator, the Fault Finder and an earthquake intensity meter, as well as other infographics. PAGASA, for its part, featured an Augmented Reality Terrain/Flood Simulator and a typhoon/wind speed simulator, and showed their new website and its functionalities. Children were able to enjoy these interactive displays and had fun while learning. Parents and teachers, as well as other guests, equally enjoyed the exhibits as they jumped to PHIVOLCS’ earthquake intensity meter and built valleys in PAGASA’s terrain/flood simulator.

At the end of the day, the DRR Caravan was a huge success. An estimated 1,500 participants had a great time and took home with them significant knowledge that they can share and spread to others. DOST-NCR will continue to be Metro Manilans’ link to the Department’s service institutes to promote science, technology and innovation. Through its CAMANAVA Satellite Office located in the City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute (CMPI) Campus, Barangay Baritan, Malabon City, DOST-NCR will continue to help bring STI-based solutions closer to the citizens of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.