TACLOBAN CITY-– The employees of National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the premier government maritime training and research center located at Brgy. Cabalawan, this city, underwent a one-day disaster preparedness seminar on November 21, 2014 at the Palo Municipal Multi-Purpose Hall. “Disaster is at end of the spectrum by which we have to prepare for. Risks are found everywhere and we have to be cautious about them,” Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda, NMP OIC Deputy Executive Director, said as he welcomed the 50 regular and job order workers who participated in the said training.

Aimed at increasing the awareness of NMP employees on how to prepare for disasters and reduce the risks affiliated with them, the seminar focused on topics about environmental and human-related disasters and the necessary precautionary measures to be considered for each with Cherelyn Lubang, civil defense assistant from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), as the resource speaker. Towards the end of the seminar, Lubang facilitated in the preparation of disaster-preparedness plan that may be applied at home or in the agency.

OCD, the civil defense arm of the Department of National Defense, is the government agency in charge of the enforcement and implementation of the regulations set forth by Republic Act 10121, an “Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System.” The conduct of the seminar-workshop is one of the commitment activities pursued under NMP’s Gender and Development (GAD) and spearheaded by its focal person Elena M. Santos. (PR)