THREE DAYS WELL SPENT
ARRIVING at the PAGASA Science Garden Complex in Quezon City before the Departure Time en route to Oasis Hotel and Resort for the three days seminar-workshop.
Lots of time to roam around the Central Office of PAGASA the place is surrounded by greeneries, making your morning bright, sunny, with a breath of fresh air.
In the bus, about past 9AM, Ms Venus started a roll call for the attendees. Some would just go straight ahead to Oasis Hotel, others would be picked up at designated locations. Foods and drinks were distributed to us for our breakfast.
While on our way, in the area of La Salle Greenhills, the vehicles weren’t moving. It took us about one hour before reaching EDSA. After which it was a smooth and safe travel.
Upon reaching Oasis Hotel, lunch was served then rooms were assigned to everyone.
About 3PM we went back to the Conference Room for the Opening Ceremonies and Workshop Proper led Ms VENUS R VALDEMORO (OIC PIU).
A lively introduction took place wherein the participants grouped themselves according to animal names.
Ours was the Bird Team. We thought of several meanings and significance we associate with Birds.
Being an Eagle, for example, one can see the entirety of a situation and its minute details. Also, being the maya bird that comes out after the rain signifies pagasa hope.
After which the Workshop Proper began. Topics such as Weather Systems Affecting the Country was discussed by Ms DAISY F ORTEGA (Assistant Weather Service Chief).
The second day was started by a synthesis of Day One. An overload of different information and terminologies transpired during the second day.
The words and subjects alien to me before were taught in layman’s terms in order for the Media to disseminate it to the public in simpler form and help in their better understanding.
Ensure the safety and well-being, protection against natural calamities, and economic security of the people as well as promotion of national progress is what this workshop would like to impart.
Ms ADELINA SEVILLA ALVAREZ (Lead Convenor, DRRNet Philippines) handled the Role of Media in Disaster Reduction and Risk Management.
Overall the workshop was indeed a great success.
Gaining information and meeting friends was such a privilege accorded by the PAGASA ensemble.