Joey Danting, Aira Mae Golez, Rory Ycong, News, Communication Management Office
PUP National Service Training Program (PUP-NSTP) with its collaborators launched a webinar about CoVid at home, CoVid vaccine, volunteerism, and fire prevention with the theme VOLUNTAYO: Strengthening Community Engagement through Health and Disaster Awareness on July 18, 2021.
The event started with opening remarks from the PUP NSTP Director, Prof. Rovelina B. Jacolbia. In her message she said that disaster risk management and disaster risk preparedness are responsibilities of every individual; not only of the government or the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM).
“Volunteerism is not enough; we are empowered when we have adequate knowledge in dealing with the disasters, thus the need for webinars like this. Knowledge is power,” Dr. Jacolbia said.
Dr. Emanuel C. De Guzman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, shared his inspirational message where he said that “the spirit of volunteerism is not just an ideology, but a movement that is motivated by values like justice, equality, and freedom which are often demonstrated in events where humans are threatened or in need.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine, Mr. Richard Henry Santos, said that there is a strong need to review approaches to mitigate the vulnerability in this time of unstable and changing climate.
During the discussion proper, Dr. Faith Joan Gaerlan, Coordinator of Philippine College of Emergency Medicine, talked about the prevention of the spreading of the CoVid-19 virus in her talk titled “COVID @ HOME: Do’s and Don’t’s in Dealing with Corona Virus.”
"This pandemic is like a reboot kaya hindi na dapat natin gustuhin na bumalik sa nakagawian nating pamumuhay na hindi naman talaga nakakatulong sa atin. And now, we would be able to recognize kung ano ba talaga yung mga bagay na mahalaga sa atin," Dr. Gaerlan quoted.
Afterward, Dr. Patrick Joseph Tiglao, Board of Directors Member of PCEM, discussed the history and importance of vaccines in his discussion titled “RESBAKUNA: Learning the Importance of Vaccine in Saving Lives.”
"Ang bawat isa ay may karampatang vaccine na aakma sa atin. Having a vaccine [being vaccinated] is one’s right and responsibility. Kung alam mo na ikaw ay nasa grupo na dapat mabakunahan, responsibilidad mo na protektahan ang iyong sarili at ang iyong komunidad," an excerpt from Dr. Tiglao's talk.
The event was made interactive by the array of quizzes between the discussions, informative video presentations from the Office of the Civil Defense and the Ang Bumbero ng Pilipinas, and the question and answer portion after each talk.
Mr. Vann Russel Espiritu, PUP Sandiwa President, completed the event with his closing remarks where he extended his gratitude to the organizers, institutions, and participants of this initiative.
"Expect more from the National Service Training Program and our organization, as our organization begins to grow its engagements and reach, we promise to give more activities and webinars that will allow students to reflect, react and take their stance dahil TAYO ang kailangan kumilos. Determinado po kami, hindi sapat ang may kaalaman, dapat tayo ay umaaksyon, " he said.
PUP Sandiwa, Office of Civil Defense, One Hospital Command Center, and Philippine College of Emergency Medicine participated with the PUP NSTP in making VOLUNTAYO webinar a success. This event is in line with the celebration of National Disaster Awareness month this July.
No less than Department of Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega acknowledged this partnership with Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Future activities are in the pipeline with PUP NSTP, OHCC, and PCEM as organizers.
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