Dingdong Dantes, commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission (NYC) and Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that aims to boost youth’s participation in disaster risk reduction.
The MOA signing event, which was witnessed by NYC Asec. Jose Rafael Cruz and Civil Defense Executive Officer Liza Cañada, took place last August 17 at the NDRRMC headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The MOA aims to harness the skills and potentials of young people beyond just volunteering to pack relief goods before, during and after a calamity. According to Dantes, The NYC and NDRRMC will recognize the importance of providing young people with a legal mandate to actively participate in activities and programs that help cushion the impact of disasters.
With the said MOA, the NYC is mandated to mobilize the youth to conceptualize, plan and to immerse them in preparing for the worst scenarios. It was also mentioned during the event that several bills at have already been filed at the House of Representatives and the Senate to institutionalize youth representation in the disaster risk reduction, both for local and national levels.
Dantes also said that it is their responsibility to establish the youth as stakeholders of the future and make sure they prepared and trained as disaster respondents. According to him, it could be done by using their energy and enthusiasm as they represent the large population the adults would leave behind.
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From L to R: NYC Asec. Jose Rafael Cruz, NYC Comm. Jose Sixto Dantes III, NDRRMC Chief Alexander Pama