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Local media, bloggers capacitated on DRRM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--As part of the observance of this year's National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM), the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-10 and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-10 spearheaded a one-day training on in-depth data gathering and dissemination of hydrometeorological and geophysical hazards in northern Mindanao, July 21.

Acknowledging the significance of the trend of using social media platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter, for spreading weather and calamity reports, various local media reporters and bloggers in Cagayan de Oro City were invited to further understand the mechanics of coordinating with agencies such as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-10 in integrating reports and dissemination.

OCD-10 Training Specialist Ed Cyross Cagaanan, a facilitator at the DRRM training, bared that there has been a paradigm shift in implementing standards from the grassroots level, down to the barangay level, up to the head offices, in aiming to achieve more accurate preventions and responses specific to each area based on geographical data.

Along with other trends seen during typhoons that affect flood-prone areas identified by PAGASA, MGB-10 conducted such a study.

"Ang DRRM Act or RA 10121, mao ni ang paggamit sa mga directives, paggamit sa mga skills and capacities sa atong LGU, sa atoang private sectors, ug sa atong government, even sa atong community para mag-implement ug strategies, policies, and regulations para ma-lessen ang impact sa hazards and disasters," she said.

Through the DRRM training, the RDRRMC-10 and OCD-10 strive to provide insights on what to report, counter the spread of inaccurate facts, and ultimately underscore the importance of disseminating and forecasting hydrometeorological hazards.

They target not only government agencies but also local media reporters and bloggers, who have higher interactions on social media and a modern platform for spreading information regarding disaster and risk mitigation. (DCC/PIA-10)

OCD-10 Training Specialist Ed Cyross Cagaanan gives a briefing on DRRM, or Republic Act 10121, to bloggers. (DCC/PIA-10)

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Vincent Philip Bautista

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