It was on May 18, 2015 (Monday) that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) released an atlas showing the stretch of the West and East Valley fault line in Greater Manila Area (GMA). Copies of this atlas were immediately distributed to local government agencies and were made available online.
Even before receiving the maps, however, Captain John “Jojo” M. Abad and Kagawad Roberto “Bobby” B. Miras, chairmen of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (BDRRMC), have been reiterative in warning their constituents of the impending danger and have been on their toes in training people for disaster preparedness in case a strong magnitude-7 earthquake strikes. Therefore, it has been known to the public that Batasan Hills is among the barangays traversed by the West Valley Fault. (See link below to a related article.*)
In line with the information dissemination and catastrophe readiness campaign, Capt. Abad and Kgd. Miras have taken the initiative to partner with the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) and the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) in the conduct of several seminars and training since March.
It is note-worthy that the partnership of the barangay council and the QCDRRMO has always been smooth-sailing through QCDRRMO’s Disaster Control Division Officer-In-Charge Karl Michael “Myke” E. Marasigan who, himself, has been residing in Batasan Hills for close to 30 years already.
QCDRRMO, formerly known as the Quezon City Disaster Coordinating Council (QCDCC), is a working group of various government, non-government, civil sector and private sector organizations within Quezon City. It is administered by the Office of the City Mayor. The QCDRRMO is responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies.
CDP, on the other hand, a non-government organization (NGO), is a regional resource center based in the Philippines that endeavors to promote Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), facilitate interactive learning and discourse on disaster risk management, and advocate for policies and programs that protect the environment and mitigate disaster risk through its various programs and services in training, consultancies, interactive fora, research and publication, networking and advocacy, through developmental and participatory principles and methodologies.
Details of some of the seminars facilitated by the BDRRMC, QCDRRMO, and/or CDP are as follows:
1) On March 13 (Friday) at the Saret Covered Court, CDP representative, Elyse Conde, oriented 49 participants from the youth sector, as well as, their parents. It was also attended by Capt. Abad, Kgd. Miras, Kgd. Filomena “Luming” V. de Guzman, Task Force on Youth Development (TFYD) overseer, and a number of barangay employees.
2) A three-day “Child-Centered Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Assessment” was spearheaded by QCDRRMO from April 9 to 11 (Thursday to Saturday).
Day 1 of which was conducted at the barangay hall with Miss Kathleen Honculado as speaker. A total of 40 youth leaders, Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSOs), traffic enforcers and staff participated.
Held at the Saret Covered Court, the 2nd day was an interactive workshop moderated by Mr. Marasigan, Miss Honculado and Mr. Rod Tajon. Youth leaders, BPSOs, traffic enforcers and staff were joined by Purok Leaders (area leaders) so attendance increased to 64.
Back with 40 attendees, the last day of the seminar-workshop was handled by Mr. Lester Morfe.
3) On April 15 (Wednesday) at the Saret Covered Court, 100 children below 15 years of age were awarded by Kgd. Miras and Kgd. Ernesto “Ernie” S. Custodio, Education Committee co-chairperson, certificates of participation after the former completed the “CDP Workshop on Awareness-Raising Campaign.”
4) “Strengthening Resilience to Disasters among Vulnerable Urban poor Communities in Manila-Philippines” was laid on the table to some 20 teachers and representatives from NGOs by Miss Conde on April 28 (Tuesday) at the Saret Covered Court.
5) A Disaster Management Training was hosted by Kgd. Miras and Bgy. Secretary Edwin P. Misolas with guest speakers from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on May 4 (Monday) at the Saret Covered Court.
6) CDP and QCDRRMO brought TFYD volunteers from Batasan Hills and Bagong Silangan to Alta Roca Mountain Resort in Antipolo, Rizal for an overnight basic life skills and first aid training on May 28 (Thursday).
7) Residents of Lunduyan and Sto. Niño – both in Area A, Sitio Talanay were invited at the Saret Covered Court on May 30 (Saturday) to learn from Mr. Morfe, Capt. Abad, Kgd. Miras and Kgd. Luisito “Tata” Z. Ludovica.
8) It was the residents of Taniman’s turn to get oriented by Mr. Morfe, Capt. Abad and Sec. Misolas on May 31 (Sunday).
9) At 8:00 AM on June 9 (Tuesday), a total of 72 Purok Leaders and volunteer BPSOs gathered at the Saret Covered Court to listen to: Mr. Marasigan; Mr. Morfe; Kgds. Miras, Ludovica and Custodio; and, Sec. Misolas.
10) Facilitated by QCDRRMO representatives Jojo Mesias, Christian Dico and Rufino Lim, Search and Rescue Training for Community Responders was enjoined by BPSOs and traffic enforcers from Batasan Hills, Bagong Silangan, Sta. Lucia and Burgos. It was an overnight workshop from June 18 to 19 (Thursday to Friday) at the Alta Roca Mountain Resort in Antipolo, Rizal. (See link to related article below.**)
11) An Earthquake Preparedness Symposium was supported by officers of various homeowners’ associations at Vista Real Executive Village (VREV) Multi-Purpose Hall on June 20 (Saturday) at 9:00 in the morning with personalities, to wit:
– 2nd District Representative Winston “Winnie” T. Castelo;
– 2nd District Councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo;
– Capt. Abad and his council;
– PHIVOLCS Director Mr. Renato Solidum, Jr.;
– Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino;
– National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Undersecretary Alexander Pama;
– Quezon City Local Government Unit – Department of Public Order and Safety (QCLGU-DPOS) Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego; and,
– among others.
12) From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on June 21 (Sunday), Mr. Marasigan, Mr. Morfe and the PRC Team demonstrated how to handle emergency situations at the Filinvest II Covered Court, upon the request of their subdivision president, Mr. Gerry Baliang. Capt. Abad, Kgds. Miras, Ludovica, Custodio and de Guzman graced this event with their presence.
13) Police Superintendent Robert B. Sales, Station 6 Commander, shared his mandates against disasters and crimes to Purok Leaders and homeowners association officers on July 7 (Tuesday) at the Saret Covered Court. Present were QCDRRMO representatives, Capt. Abad and Kgd. Miras.
14) Kgds. Miras, Ludovica, Custodio, Edgar “Junjun” S. Macario, Jr. and Jhorwin D. Santos; Sec. Misolas; and Mr. Morfe, marched their way to the Sugartowne Covered Court on July 25 (Saturday) at 1:00 PM to provide the homeowners, under the presidency of Dr. Renante Basas, tips in handling catastrophes.
15) Kgds. Ludovica and Santos, along with Sec. Misolas, dropped by the Northview 1 Clubhouse where first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were taught by Mr. Marasigan to homeowners.
16) The needs of schools to combat disasters were identified by faculty members and analyzed by the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) on July 31 (Friday) at the Saret Covered Court.
17) Duly requested by the Vista Real Classica 1 (VRC1) Homeowners Association, Incorporated, a disaster preparedness seminar was guested by PHIVOLCS personnel, Capt. Abad, Kgd. Miras and Sec. Misolas on August 1 (Saturday).
18) BCPC shared set plans when disasters strike to school administrators and staff on August 31 (Monday) at the Area B Covered Court in Sitio Talanay. Participating schools were as follows:
– Batasan Hills National High School (BHNHS);
– President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School (PCCAES);
– Edlen Learning Institute;
– New Life Educational Center, Inc.; and,
– S.T.A.N.A. (Sitio Talanay Area-A1 Neighborhood Association) Day Care.
Written by Aphrodite
Photos taken by Bgy. Sec. Edwin Misolas,
Boyet Pascual and Jocelyn Dalumpines