The world has been experiencing natural disasters of all sorts and with the magnitude of devastation that has been catastrophic. Recent wildfires, earthquakes, tsunami, storm surges have resulted into losses of lives and properties.

Aside from needing the best care from the nursing school in Quezon City, a preventive approach is necessary.

These events motivated the Community Development and Advocacy Center (CDAC) to push through with the annual orientation of the employees and students on Disaster Preparedness and Management for SY 2017-2018. 

Hence, coordination was made with the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Office (QCDRRMO) on the list of activities that can be planned and implemented to increase the level of awareness among our very staff and students within the campus. It is very timely to prepare for any eventualities.

As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” or  better to be safe than sorry applies best in this case.

The QCDRRMO accommodated our requests and took to heart our eagerness to learn the basics of disaster preparation. 

They walked us through the steps and tools that we need at hand, and mindset that we need to have before any emergencies. 

First, they helped organize the new SPUQC Disaster Coordinating Council that will spearhead the campus-wide  information dissemination.

The core team members attended the assembly organized by QCDRRMO last September 4, 2017 to understand their specific roles and functions.  They reviewed the principles and key concepts on disaster preparation and management that were tackled previously. 

For this particular session, the core team guaranteed the availability of materials and supplies and undertook some planning and simulations in the event of fire, earthquake or typhoon taking place within the community of SPUQC.

The first Disaster Preparedness and Management Orientation seminar first happened on September 6, 2017 which involved the students and faculty from the Basic Education Department. 

The said activity was facilitated by Mr. Ricardo Castillo and Ms. Ritzhelle Apo as lecturers and trainers from QCDRRMO. 

The participants were taught important ways on what do do during disasters and more importantly, what preparations to make before to prevent disasters from happening.

 

The Fire and Earthquake Emergency Evacuation drill was scheduled for November.

In a previous event from October 27 to 31, 2015, SPUQC delegates participated in the 7th Youth Looking Beyond Disaster Forum at Kathmandu, Nepal.  The event presented concrete action among youths around the world , as well as enhanced information exchange among experts in related fields.  It is also a venue for sharing between and among persons who faced disasters.

Jointly organized by Eubios Institute, the American University of Sovereign Nation (AUSN), the UNESCO Youth Club and other organizations, this international forum was first envisioned in 2010 by Prof. Darryl Macer, provost of AUSN. This came about while he was organizing the First Youth Peace Ambassadors Forum in his capacity as the UNESCO Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences in Asia.

Mr. Chadwick B. Tan, SPUQC’s Environmental Advocacy point-person, presented a talk about the cultural context of disaster preparedness in the Philippines and in Metro Manila in particular, in light of a predicted major earthquake along the West Valley Fault.

After the talks, youths around the world were tasked to come up with a concrete action plan that would deal with disasters. SPUQC youth delegates namely Yessa Torrechilla (BA Communications) and Giana Prado (BS Biology) came up with an action plan entitled  teaching students basic preparations for a major earthquake and molding them to become risk communicators.  Their target institutions for said plan implementation were St Paul schools around Metro Manila that would be at risk for the predicted earthquake .

Part of the whole conference was a tour of the UNESCO heritage sites that were unfortunately damaged by the Nepal earthquake. Participants were briefed on the government response and the resilience of the Nepalese people. The Nepal Minister of Health engaged the later in a short discussion in his bureau.