Camp empowers youth as disaster volunteers

 Some 90 young leaders take the disaster challenges of the WEmboree Camp on May 14-15, 2015 at Davao Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan Grounds, Dahican City of Mati. The participants were Municipal Chapter Leaders of Youth For Peace Movement Davao Oriental and Diocesan Youth Apostolate from 10 municipalities and 1 component city of the Province.

Some 90 young leaders take the disaster challenges of the WEmboree Camp on May 14-15, 2015 at Davao Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan Grounds, Dahican City of Mati. The participants were Municipal Chapter Leaders of Youth For Peace Movement Davao Oriental and Diocesan Youth Apostolate from 10 municipalities and 1 component city of the Province.

Province of Davao Oriental – Recognizing the role of the youth in the nation’s bid for disaster resiliency, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently held a two-day ‘WEmboree’ for  disaster preparedness.

Held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Complex in the City of Mati, the disaster-resiliency camp termed as WEmboree gathered 90 youth leaders from different communities and organizations in the province. Most of them are municipal and city chapter leaders of the Youth for Peace Movement Davao Oriental, Red Cross Youth and Diocesan Youth Apostolate.

The DILG said the camp intends to help change the youth’s mindset from ‘ME’ to ‘WE’ while empowering the youth sector in influencing their communities in terms of disaster risk reduction.

“The ME to WE concept encourages young people to come together, actively engage, and inspire their peers and their respective communities to unite and become prime movers in nation-building. The DILG believes that this concept will capacitate young stakeholders to develop their noblest spiritual, moral, cultural, and social values, thus becoming responsible citizens and competent leaders of the province,” says the DILG.

Participants during the camp have developed effective information and communication strategy to advocate volunteerism among the youth sector on disaster resiliency, recognized resource mobilization strategies in engaging the youth in times of disasters, and identified roles of the youth in rehabilitation and recovery operations.

Topics during the camp include the Provincial Government’s Rehabilitation and Recovery Efforts from Typhoon Pablo which was delivered by various speakers from the Philippine Army, Philippine Red Cross, and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Meaning to make volunteerism their way of life as well as to inculcate qualities of good leadership, the PDRRMO and the Bureau of Fire Protection slated different activities for the youth that include basic first aid training, team building activities, and healthy competitions.

“It is not just how we get up, it is how we build back better,” Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon said referring to tourism development sites built not just for leisure but also the symbol of the resiliency of Davao Oriental people during disasters. These developments continued to rise as the governor planned to have at least one tourism banner development site for each municipality before her term ends.

“It is not just how we get up, it is how we build back better,” Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon said referring to tourism development sites built not just for leisure but also the symbol of the resiliency of Davao Oriental people during disasters. These developments continued to rise as the governor planned to have at least one tourism banner development site for each municipality before her term ends.

On her message to the youth, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon recalled how convergence and coordination had helped in the comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery efforts after the typhoon Pablo, which resulted to different significant citations both nationally and internationally. The efforts also gained different awards that made Davao Oriental a model when it comes to disaster mitigation, preparedness and rehabilitation.

“It is not just how we get up, it is how we build back better,” the governor said referring to the holistic development the province has implemented in its bid to fully rehabilitate the disaster-stricken areas.

She also highlighted the implementation of eco-tourism development sites in the province which she said symbolizes the resiliency of the people of Davao Oriental and the provincial government’s genuine efforts in building back communities.

She encouraged the participants, whom she considered as the chosen few, to help spread the advocacy on disaster resiliency to their respective communities. She also reminded the group on the pre-requisites of accurate decision making that is based on effective leadership.

“To be an effective leader, you really have to know the realities on the ground. By that, youth leaders can accurately decide well,” she said. By Van Jorain O. Rufin/Photo by Johannes Latras

 

 

 

 

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