APSEMO, PIA push for media empowerment on disaster management

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Albay, together with the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) hold  on November 17 the Media Orientation on Disaster Reporting and Coverage as a capacity building initiative in recognition of the significant role of the media in disaster management.

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov 18 (PIA) – The Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) stressed on the vital role of the media on disaster management, particularly in saving lives especially in vulnerable communities.

At the press briefing on Post-Disaster Assessment and Disaster Preparedness in Albay yesterday, organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Albay in coordination with the Office of the Governor, APSEMO Chief Dr. Cedric Daep presented essential pointers for the Albay media on news reporting and coverage during disasters particularly, weather-related hazards and disasters.

This media briefing is helping everyone including myself kung paano magkaroon ng coordinating arrangement during emergency situations for the safety of the public. Magkatulong ang APSEMO at media sa pagparating ng impormasyon bago pa dumating ang kalamidad para matulungan nating mabawasan o hinda man makuha ang zero casualty,” Daep said.

The said activity is part of the capacity building initiative in recognition of the significant role of the media in disseminating timely, accurate and relevant information to the public especially in times of hazards and disasters.

Typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses ravaged the  province of Albay and left casualties and severe damages especially on properties,

APSEMO Chief Cedric Daep calls for dredging after typhoons in major river channels or gulleys to maintain its discharge capacity and direct flow during typhoon to prevent mudflows and intense flooding that happened during the onslaught of the recent typhoons.

agriculture, infrastructure and power supply.

The APSEMO chief further recommends dredging of major  river channels or gulleys after typhoons to maintain its discharge capacity and direct flow during typhoon to prevent mudflows and intense flooding that happened during the onslaught of the recent weather disturbances.

Apart from these disasters, Daep said there is also the looming threat of Mayor Volcano eruption and earthquake.

He also stressed the need for the media to know and understand essential information, particularly on weather advisories and possible scenarios and hazards, for them to deliver the right information and message to the public.

“In this way, the media can help the government in relaying the corresponding response to ensure safety of the public especially of vulnerable communities,” he said

Likewise, Daep calls for unity among the media, government and communities to work together to ensure preparedness, safety and dissemination of the right information to save and protect the lives of Albayanos and the public against hazards and disasters. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)

 

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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