To our Schools Division Superintendent, Sir Jessie D. Ferrer, CESO V, to all our EPS and SEPS present, especially to my former Professor in PEC, Dr. Roberto Pantig. To our Project Development Officer-II, Sir Ray Q. Cruz. To our Facilitators from the AVIE group, and to you my dearest esteemed colleagues in the academe and fellow SDRRM Coordinators, a pleasant good afternoon to all of you!

The best way to keep something bad from happening is to see it ahead of time... and you can't see it if you refuse to face the possibility.”            ― William S. Burroughs

Republic Act 10121 or better known as thePhilippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” stipulates the strengthening of Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System to mitigate if not prevent, the consequences of both natural and man-induced catastrophes.

In these times, we have seen the tremendous effects of such calamities in our midst. We have seen that such events reshaped and revisited our views with regard to disaster awareness. Throughout the course of time and events, we cannot help but think of solutions and later on, act on such so that we can probably make our lives better.

DO 50 s 2011 and DM 112 s 2015, institutionalized DRRM within the basic education system. As teachers, our mandate as SDRRM Coordinators, is not limited to teaching and instructing our students and fellow teachers in our respective schools about disaster preparedness and the like. Our task is to be equipped in handling difficulties, preventing and mitigating the effects of each disaster so that we can better serve our clientele and the whole community as well.

“Fortis Fortuna Adjuvat!” “Fortune favors the brave!” Sir Ray Q. Cruz told us that we, as SDRRM Coordinators should serve by heart, having known that such auxiliary work load has no extra compensation on our part, and at times, we will be accounted if there will be untoward incidents that might happen during our watch. But you see, my fellow educators and SDRRM Coordinators, we should be proud of being our school’s and district’s DRRM Coordinators, not because we will be famous because of exposures, but because we will be heroes in our own little ways.

To be heroes does not mean that we should risk our lives to save others, but we can be heroes if we will handle disasters and situations wherein we can fully utilized the strategies and techniques that we have learned for the past two days, without getting harmed and giving away our lives at the same time. 

The learnings that we had for the past days would strengthen and fortify our morale regarding our new role in our schools, districts and our beloved Division Office. Such learnings must not be taken for granted, not even to be kept for ourselves, but to share it to every stakeholders in our community. The learnings that we have acquired here must not only remain to be academic and intellectual but must be used in real life situations.

My station, Mariveles National High School-Poblacion Senior High School, is found at the outskirts of the Municipality of Mariveles. Going to and fro our school is quite challenging, from the mode of transportation, to the road condition and even the location of the school can be considered as hazardous, based on the lectures that we had. I am sure that my colleagues in Mariveles District would concur to me, because most of our schools there have the same terrain and topography. But, as a teacher and SDRRM Coordinator, I should stay proactive since the school was already built there and operating. What I can do, based on the learnings that I had, is to plan, secure, execute and evaluate the processes that need to be done in order to lessen the possible effects of hazards that might occur and affect each and every one who belongs to our school and the community as a whole as well.

Our job as teachers and SDRRM Coordinators oughtnot stop on bright ideas, plans and insights. Our task is to enhance our skills in each step of the way, in a frequent, effective and productive manner. Let us work hand in hand in our commitment to build and provide a brighter, bigger and nicer picture of life for our dearly beloved students.

Time will come, we will all pass and fade. Our accomplishments, talents, skills and contributions to our community will be forgotten. But what is important my dear colleagues is that we took part in reshaping and reinventing the way of life for our future generations. It would suffice all the hardships and sacrifices that we shed to secure a better and convenient life for the next generation.

Let me end my impression by quoting Pope Francis: “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.” —Speech, Manila, Philippines, January 18, 2015

Kudos to all of us! Thank you very much and pleasant afternoon to all of you!


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