VALENZUELA City Mayor Rex Gatchalian led the launching of the first City Disaster Resilience and Survival Expo that will boost the knowledge of Valenzuelanos in disaster preparedness.
The three-day event which is a part of the city’s 394th Foundation Day Anniversary celebration will be managed by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) and will showcase survival technology, gear and preparation equipment and tools, and accessories.
LDRRMO head Dr. Arnaldo Antonio emphasized the need of the community to be informed and prepared in case of disasters. “The local government ensures the safety and security of every individual, reason why we continuously conduct activities that will educate them more about disaster preparedness and risk management,” Antonio said.
He added that the expo is also a reminder of the Yolanda tragedy that happened four years ago. “Yolanda is an eye-opener for all of us. We are reminded of our advocacies and the need to inform our people about survival and disaster preparedness skills,” Antonio said.
The expo has also been a learning venue for families and communities on how to prepare not only for natural disasters but also for political upheavals, public disorders, crime and home invasions, and more.
Experts in the field of disaster preparedness rescue and climate change also conduct free seminars and demonstrations for public while seminars about self-defense, survival, disaster preparedness, urban gardening, vermicomposting and climate change were also conducted.
Other responding agencies such as the Philippine National Police-Valenzuela, Bureau of Fire Protection-Valenzuela, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and some volunteer groups and disaster equipment suppliers were also present in the event as exhibitors and speakers.