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Thursday, February 25, 2016

“Save lives in less time”- APAD

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA) --- Taking the tip-off from the Yolanda experience, the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Philippines identified and gathered various stakeholders in a Luzonwide confab held Friday, at the Naga Regent Hotel here to enhance and harmonize existing knowledge, skills, linkages, resources and strategies for an effective and immediate disaster response.

Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) deputy executive director Carlos Padolina in his welcome remarks during the event gave the scenario of how typhoon “Yolanda” devastated the country and how the community was able to develop resiliency through the unified efforts and collaboration of various organizations in the country.

“In CDRC, we have a motto of – “helping people help themselves”, while in APAD – they have “we can save lives in less time”. So, we can join hands together to achieve community resiliency.  At present, both private and public sectors support communities to achieve disaster resilience.  The challenge is how to enhance their current undertakings,” Padolina added.

A-PAD Luzon coordinator Maricris A. Binas also highlighted the importance of enhancing the preparedness of each community to elevate their resiliency to a much higher level, stating that time is always of the essence before, during and after a disastrous event.

Each invited sectors were also ably represented by their respective resource persons coming from the government, academe, business and civil society organizations.

One of the distinguished resource speakers, Dr. Jeanette R. Rodriguez, Angeles University Foundation Center for Christian Formation Director, shared how they accepted the mission of strengthening the commitment of all Association of Catholic Universities in the Philippines (ACUP) to incorporate in their strategic agenda the challenge posed by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudatu Si,  a papal letter that speaks of environmental stewardship.

Rodriguez said that in line with the encyclical note, they have created structures and policies supportive to the call of pursuing environment education inside the university. One of which is integration of Ecological Conversion in their curriculum and implementation of conservation program in the campus.

 “We replaced 3,164 ordinary 40-w fluorescent lamps into 32w Panasonic electronic ballast type lamps, installation of electronic e-card switches with an electricity savings of P3,328,169 and the installation of light and motion switches for lightings in all restrooms which gave the university a savings of P333,995.36.”

The said best practice as showcased by Rodriguez will be part of the over- all output that will be included in the list of recommendations and resolutions by A-PAD among its stakeholders.

The recently concluded Luzon-wide conference is a prelude to the launching of the A-PAD National Platform in the Philippines this March. (LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861456301535/-save-lives-in-less-time---apad#sthash.06vjrr6H.dpuf

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