Climate change has caused a great effect on the occurrence of natural disasters. It is on this context why the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Gender and Development Focal Point System (GAD-FPS) is constantly concerned with helping the vulnerable sector of society particularly women. To attend to this, another seminar on disaster preparedness was conducted on March 17, 2015. This was attended by 55 female participants, mostly housewives who are residents of Los Baños, Laguna.

 

Ms. Bernadette T. Lucillo, Weather Specialist of PAG-ASA, UPLB Station, served as the resource person of the activity. She discussed the natural hazards that commonly occur in CALABARZON like thunderstorms and tropical cyclones. She also shared things to do before, during, and after a disaster such as buying supplies and materials, evacuating children to a secure place, and cleaning the house.

Practical tips to prevent serious effect of natural disasters on humans were also provided. These include: a) doing the squat position with heels touching each other while hands covering ears to prevent fatal electrocution when hit by a lightning, b) wearing foot wear when handling electrical appliances, and c) keeping electrical appliances plugged off when not in use.

The roles of women in disaster reduction and management were also mentioned during the lecture by citing women who have done exemplary works on this venture. Ms. Oliva encouraged the housewives that they should not be an evacuee in the event of a disaster. She emphasized that women should be partners of men in the preparation, decision making, and facing disasters. Women can participate in the listing of evacuees, distribution of relief goods, relaying information about relief operation, and helping to find out what happened to other people. Rowena C. Payuan, UFERD©pangetgawavillaspin