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DepEd holds DRRM confab
BY JOEVEL A. BARTOLOME

The opening program of the Department of Education’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Midyear Review, Evaluation, and Planning Conference was attended by 222 schools division coordinators, including those from Himamaylan and Sipalay cities, yesterday.

All 17 regions are represented, each with regional coordinators coming from DepEd’s regional office, DRRM Negros Occidental Coordinator Ian Arnold Alvarez said.

The program began with the presentation of colors led by the Citizenship Advancement Training officers of Negros Occidental High School, followed by the singing of the national anthem and the invocation led by the NOHS Rondalla and Chorale. Selected DRRM coordinators also offered prayers for the nation.

The NOHS Rondalla and the MassKara Dancers of the Romanito Maravilla National High School presented intermission numbers.

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson expressed support for the convention during his welcome message.

“I bid you to be heartstrong, deep in your understanding and patience, and fully committed to the task at hand. You are a part of our brigade of modern heroes in whose hands lie the difference between life and death, literally,” Lacson said.

Region VI DepEd Director Ma. Gemma Ledesma and Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Teresa Geroso also gave welcome messages in the participants of the conference.

In her message, DepEd-DRRMS Director Ronilda Co said that the program resulted in the consolidation of capacity building, monitoring , and ITC, and that the direction now is to prepare for three things – “climate change, armed conflict, and earthquake preparedness.”

Co also said, “I would like to thank all of you for all the efforts, the initiatives that we have undertaken in the last two years. We are a team, we have advanced a bit, but in the next six months and the years to come, let’s hold on together for the worst and the best that are to come.”

The conference will run until July 13.*JAB

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