by Mr. Harold V. Gallo

“We do not conduct earthquake and other disaster mitigation drills just for compliance but we do this to lessen the impact of natural and man–made catastrophes”, said Ms. Eva T. Agamata, Chief of Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee (NV–PDRRMC) during the Disaster Preparedness seminar for students and employees, August 4, 2016.

The half–day activity focused on awareness, educational–session about disaster preparedness and simulation drills during earthquakes.

“Angtaonghandasaanumangsakuna ay alamangginagawa, and if that happens, you can assist others when disasters happened”, she mentioned.

Dr. Salvador B. Romo, Campus Director, highlighted in his message that everybody can be a victim of disaster, so everyone must be ready and disciplined.

“Natural disasters are inevitable and unexpected, and the least we can do is to be aware, empowered and equipped with practical knowledge”, added Dr. Romo.

Agamata mentioned in her lecture that the government is serious about disaster mitigation and its ultimate goal is “Zero Casualty”.

“We do not entertain panic during disasters but we should always have our presence of mind”, she stated.

The students and employees participated in actual drills in Academic Buildings and Dormitories facilitated by the PDRRMC and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel.

Agamata also suggested that the school must have a disaster coordinating committee to organize and review contingency plans of the school.