On October 18, 2017, a memorandum of understanding between the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines and Lyceum Philippines University – Laguna (LPU – Laguna) was signed during the school’s Institutional Social Responsibility Day celebration.
With the theme “Strengthening Safety Culture; Sustaining a more responsive Social Responsibility”, the celebration began with a forum highlighting the University’s shared responsibility in initiating capacity building efforts towards disaster risk reduction management and climate change awareness.
“We don’t have to wait for the “Big One” to happen. We have to ensure that we are well equipped and prepared for when a big disaster strikes.” – Dr. Maria Teresita de Belen-Alvaro, Director for Institutional Social Responsibility Office, LPU – Laguna, in her opening speech during the event.
Earlier this year, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned communities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces including Laguna and Cavite to prepare for the Big One, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault, which is ripe for movement.
Geraldine “Levy” Guttierez from ADRA Philippines, also delivered a presentation on basic DRR concepts including identifying hazards and risks and what to do before, during and after a disaster.
The Philippines Centre is currently working with ADRA Philippines and the Provincial Government of Cavite in developing a province-wide contingency plan in case of a massive disaster event like the Big One hits. This project is aimed to be replicated in the neighboring areas like Laguna.
Under this new partnership, the Philippines Academy Centre and Lyceum Philippines University – Laguna will share technical resources in furthering respective DRRM efforts in the wider community and work hand in hand in promoting e-learning platforms including Kaya. Over 300 students and faculty members signed up at the Kaya booth during the event.