DOT 7: 80 trainees complete course on disaster risk reduction management

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SOME 80 trainees have graduated from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) course conducted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7, in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 7.

Of the total trainees, 40 DOT 7-accredited establishments and individual tourism service suppliers participated in the two-day activity on-site. The rest of the trainees participated online.

“As we reboot tourism in Central Visayas, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and considering our experiences with natural calamities, local service providers are demonstrating a lot of concern for the safety and security of guests,” said DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano.

Marlon Barrientos, DOT 7 representative to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 7, reported “high interest” in the program, adding that many would-be participants are wait-listed for similar future activities.

The course was designed as a workshop to equip stakeholders with the knowledge required in understanding and assessing the hazards and risks involved in disaster situations.

Sessions with officers of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau were part of the course.

The program also included sessions on disaster resilience planning, including a session on business continuity to provide better stability for the tourism sector.

Some participants, Barrientos added, will be pursuing with the different line agencies advanced courses to build on skills acquired from the initial program.

Tamano said the DOT 7-OCD 7 collaboration will soon be brought to other areas of the region.

A similar course will be conducted for Bohol’s accommodation and transport players, travel agencies, restaurants and other tourism related establishments this month.

Aside from the DRRM Course, the DOT 7 has listed other industry-relevant activities for implementation under the Tourism Industry Skills Training Program in 2022.

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