In line with LGU-Camalig’s advocacy to promote inclusivity and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, Tumpa Elementary School hosts a multi-hazard (fire, earthquake, lahar, and volcanic eruption) drill, purposely to educate and prepare young learners for potential disasters, ensuring that they can protect themselves and assist others in the face of natural or man-made disasters.
Facilitated by responders under the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (MDRRMO), Camalig Municipal Police Station (MPS), Camalig Fire Station (FS), Municipal Social Welfare & Development Office (MSWDO), Tumpa BDRRMC, and Tumpa ES, the team deems said activity as crucial, considering that the school is nestled within the 6km permanent danger zone (PDZ).
Camalig Local Chief Executive, Hon. Carlos “Caloy” Irwin G. Baldo, Jr. reiterated the critical significance of such training for the children, “Pinaka-importante yading mga akos, natuturuan. Tanganing pag-dakulo ninda, ma-gamit ninda kina preparado sinda”. He also highlighted the local government’s zero-casualty goal, adding, “Ang importante, safe po tayo lagi”.
Alongside Mayor Caloy were North Public Schools District Supervisor (PSDS), Aileen Manzanilla, Camalig MPS Chief of Police (COP), PMAJ Armil Obinque, Camalig FS Municipal Fire Marshall, SFO4 Warren Orendain, members of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (BDRRMC) of Tumpa, MDRRMO chief, Mr. Rommel Negrete, Jr., PhD, JD, D Hum, and Tumpa Elementary School Principal, Mr. Raysante Mujar and functionaries.
In compliance with Regional Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (RDRRMC) Memorandum No. 3, s. 2024, evaluators from Quirangay ES, Anoling ES, and Cabangan ES were also present to assess the effectiveness of the drill and provide feedback for improvement.
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO