DOST-NCR Joins Celebration of National Disaster Resilience Month

The Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR), through its Clustered Area Science and Technology Centers (CASTCs), conducted a series of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM)-related activities in celebration of the 2021 National Disaster Resilience Month. The events from July 27-30, 2021 were undertaken in partnership with the DOST- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), DOST- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and

Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and highlighted the theme "Tamang Pamamahala't Kahandaan, Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan sa Sakuna at Pandemya'y Kalasag ng Bayan".

Ms. Jayvie Balboa from DOST-PHIVOLCS discussed the HazardHunterPH and "How Safe is My House: Applications as Tools for Hazards Assessment Risk Planning and Earthquake Preparedness" on July 27, 2021. She introduced the HazardHunterPH application, its usage and salient features including how to conduct Hazard Assessments, near-real time monitoring of earthquake events, and Summary Volcano Hazard Assessments. Ms. Balboa also facilitated a live demonstration of the application.

For its part, DOST-NCR conducted the following trainings through its CASTCs: iLigtas: Webinar on Innovations for Disaster Resilience; Flood Emergency Preparedness; Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Training; and Innovations Towards a Safer Metropolis.

Subject matter experts from DOST-PHIVOLCS, DOST-PAGASA, and the PDRF conducted lectures and facilitated the workshops under each topic. The MUNTAPARLAS (Muntinlupa, Taguig-Pateros, Paranaque, Las Pinas) CASTC also held the kickoff of the "2021 Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Robotics Contest and Exhibit".

The National Disaster Resilience Month, which is celebrated in July each year, came about through Executive Order No. 29 signed on June 28, 2017, which mandated the conduct of month-long activities that will develop disaster resilience covering the four thematic areas of prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery.