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MANILA, Philippines - In line with its disaster preparedness efforts, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Youth Commission (NYC) and Yes Pinoy Foundation (YPF) signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) where all parties agreed to educate and build capacity for communities, particularly the youth, on disaster mitigation.
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, NYC Undersecretary Leon G. De Leon and YPF Chair Dingdong Dantes signed the MOU for their respective organization.
In the same vein, Dantes vowed to mobilize his group’s advocates and partners to help propagate the government-initiated disaster preparedness drive, with focus on the 18 major river basins of the country and the cities and provinces that sit along the West Valley fault line.
“There is no future we can talk about when we cannot defend, or at least make our young people prepare through awareness, the onslaughts of disasters. Our local governments should also give equal emphasis on this important task, among others,” the television actor said.
The YPF, a non-governmental organization, shall provide training programs for the communities through its 3Pk program or the "Para-Paaralan para sa Kahandaan" and launch mass awareness and participation in the implementation of safety measures against calamities and disasters brought by global warming and climate change.
The YPF had already trained at least 10,000 people, mostly students in the different towns and cities of Metro Manila, and the Southern and Central Luzon areas.
Robredo said that the NYC and YPF's assistance to the DILG is a big boost to the agency's ongoing regional "Tapatan Caravan for Disaster Preparedness" which seeks to inculcate into the people’s minds, through the local government units and their constituents, particularly those living in “danger zones,” the importance of public’s awareness and participation in times of disasters.
He also said that the DILG will strongly encourage the various local government units to take part in the drive, and shall likewise help tap international funding groups to help in the propagation of the campaign.
The NYC will harness the participation of the youth sector, making them active partner in youth programs and projects and develop their potentials to be of great service to their country and community, even during times of calamities.