Last week from December 3-7, 2014 we were the delegates selected to represent Region XI for UNICEF and NYC’s disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) Visayas-Mindanao consultative conference workshop at Crown Regency Hotel in Mactan, Cebu.
As fate would have it, a typhoon would cross the country at the exact date of our conference. Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit or “lash”) was expected to arrive at landfall at around Friday night December 5. The typhoon did not arrive as anticipated but forced many airline carriers to cancel their flights in anticipation of the typhoon’s possible trajectories.
The postponement meant that the organizers were forced to either let go of the participants early or extend their stay until such a time as possible. This extended the conference’s duration up to December 7 this Monday.
In between all the hustle and drama, I was fortunate to be tasked to present the summation of the conference output. The participants included Commisioner DingDong Dantes, Jp Penol and Earl Saavedra and provincial administrators from Cebu. I, along with my NYP10 friends Kevin and Donnah, were able to trod along metro Cebu’s selfie spots such as her minor Basilica, Robinson’s, La Vie Parissiene and Shamrock’s.
The output of the conference is going to be applied as per Sir Nonoy Fajardo of UNICEF in the field. The UNICEF’s disaster head concluded the conference stating that DRRM needs to be “scientific”. These include such original proposal as tree plantings in upland areas, scholarship for out of school youth volunteers and sign boards for disaster prone areas in native tongue.