Baguio ‘Run for Resiliency’ set on 28th anniversary of killer quake

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A “run for resiliency” encouraging residents to recover quickly from disasters will be held in Baguio City this Monday, July 16, to mark the 28th anniversary of the killer quake that devastated Northern Luzon.

The Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera, which organized the event, said this aims to give significance to the 1990 tragedy.

“We want it to have an impact on the residents,” OCD-Cordillera information officer Ivy Frances Carasi said.

By doing the run on the said date, she said people would be reminded of how they survived and recovered from the losses and the devastation.

The run route will start from Burnham Park Lake Drive to Session Road, passing by University of the Philippine Baguio drive and TM Kalaw Street, then back to the starting point. The run is to start 6 a.m.

Carasi said residents in Baguio City would see more relevance in the event because they experienced the powerful earthquake at 4:26 p.m. of July 16, 1990.

Expected to join the run are 500 representatives from the DRRMC member agencies, universities, and the public.

“We just ask the people to join and run towards resiliency from disasters,” Carasi said.

Resiliency under Executive Order 29-2017 is defined as the capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order renamed the National Disaster Consciousness Month observed in July, to National Disaster Resilience Month.

This aims to shift the focus from disaster awareness building to capacitating the residents to become disaster-resilient.

Monday’s “Run for Resiliency” will promote the resilience advocacy among stakeholders, encourage prioritization of Disaster Risk and Reduction Management programs, and reinforce public perception of government unity in the campaign for national disaster preparedness.

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