Gingoog City – Bradge H. Jumo, representative from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recently served as a resource person to discuss on Disaster preparedness to the youth residents of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development based in Northern Mindanao.

According to Jumo, the Philippines has experienced several calamities including floods, tsunami, and earthquakes. Basing on a report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), over 22 typhoons enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year and that five to six of these calamities are catastrophic. Jumo also stated that the country also experience drought, volcanic eruptions, landslide, trash slide and complex insurgencies and technical hazards.

Jumo provided a number of tips to the young people of RRCY on what to do when calamities strike in their area.

The RRCY is a residential facility for male children in conflict with the law whose age range from nine to 18 years old. The residents undergo institutional rehabilitation instead of being mixed with hardened criminals in jails. The general objective of the facility is to enable boys to resolve their problems and restore their normal functioning, thus regaining self-esteem and dignity through rehabilitative services.

Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD