BAGUIO CITY, July 19 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(CDRRMC) reminds partner agencies, local government units, volunteer groups and individuals on the importance of continuing and stronger collaboration in saving lives and ensuring disaster resilient communities.
The CRDRRMC, with the Office of Civil Defense on the lead, spearheaded the “Run for Resilience” participated by over 800 individuals at the Burnham Park Lake Drive here on July 16.
An activity in observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2018, the CRDRRMC timed the event with the anniversary of the 1990 killer earthquake that devastated Luzon including Baguio City.
CRDRRMC chairperson and OCD – Cordillera Concurrent Regional Director Melchito Castro, in his message, said the July 1990 earthquake as well as the strong tropical cyclones that hit the country like typhoons Pepeng in 2009, Ineng and Lando in 2015 and Lawin in 2016 are reminders of the important tasks ahead- that is to build the resilience of Philippine society and protect the country and its people from future disasters.
‘The disasters that we have encountered in the past remind us of the Philippines’ unique situation as among the world’s most vulnerable countries as far as natural hazards are concerned,’ Castro said.
‘Today’s Run for Resilience and commemoration of the 1990 Luzon Earthquake is a reminder for us to recognize the valuable efforts of local government units, civil society organizations, private volunteer groups, emergency responders, as well as notable individuals, who have valiantly responded and risk their lives 28 years ago,’ he added.
Castro thus called for a greater collaboration among CRDRRMC member- agencies, private partners, LGUs and community stakeholders, in keeping the people safe and in ensuring a disaster-resilient Cordillera.
“We are all involved. We are all responsible in making ourselves, our family, our community safe. Disaster Risk Reduction is everyone’s business,” Castro stressed.
“We are called to make to make a difference. We must take hold of the opportunity to responsibly manage our environment and lead the way towards making our nation resilient and sustainable for us and for the future generations, despite the challenges ahead of us,” he added.
On July 16, 1990, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Luzon killing more than a thousand people and caused millions worth of damages to properties. Baguio City suffered the most damage on that fateful day in terms of death and collapsed infrastructures. (PIA CAR)