BAGUIO CITY – The Office of Civil Defense Cordillera (OCD-CAR), in partnership with different business establishments along Session Road, installed “How to Survive an Earthquake” posters which contained essential information on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
The launch of the Earthquake Disaster Preparedness Commitment Posters was piloted at Jollibee Upper Session Road on February 10, 2016. The posting continued on to twenty four (24) other business establishments on February 12, 2016.
“Actually, it’s okay kasi Baguio is an earthquake prone area and halos napapalibutan tayo ng mga fault line,” Mr. Peter Perez, the store manager of Jollibee Upper Session Road stated when asked about his thoughts regarding the posters. “So, somehow we have to inform the public and be prepared also. Maganda yung initiative ng OCD Cordillera and we are glad that we are partners for this activity.”
According to OCD-CAR Assistant Regional Director Engr. Jose Valera, who was present during the launching of the posters, “We are actually glad with the response of the people and the establishments we have partnered with. They were actually so eager not only with the posters but also with the ceremonial posting itself.”
“Every day is the best day for us to be reminded with this kind of information for our own safety. We are taking advantage of the influx of tourists during the celebration of Panagbenga 2016 – it’s already expected that there will be vacationers, aside from the natives and residents of Baguio, who will be roaming around the city.” OCD Cordillera Information Officer Ms. Ivy Carasi added.
The OCD-CAR also has a profile-raiser wherein they would pick the best selfie with the poster. The picture should include the hashtags #BeProactive, #BeDisasterResilient #iCommitToDRRM and their thoughts on the posters and insights about the importance of earthquake preparedness. And as a reward, the one with the best selfie will be given a free Duck-Cover-Hold T-shirt.
Reign Amurao and Celina Lerpido