Just as the rainy season began to make its presence felt, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) pinpointed twenty two (22) flood-prone areas in Metro Manila and cautioned against passing through these areas, especially during rush hour and heavy downpour. These include major roads that one would traverse to get from one end of the city to another.

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June 14- The RCAM Ministry on Ecology conducted a General Assembly of Ecology Ministry parish and vicariate coordinators within the 13 vicariates of the Archdiocese of Manila held at the 4th floor, Benedict Building, Quiapo, Manila. In the morning, a seminar on Hazard Mapping and Early Warning System was given by the Manila Observatory. As an activity, community maps were created depicting the flood-prone areas. Also, parishes identified the activities they do before, during and after a disaster guided by the Hyogo Framework for Action.

esw-(4)To enhance the capacity of participating professionals and institutions, to effectively develop skills in process design of multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems, and mitigate the effects of events related to hydro-meteorological and geological phenomena was the main objective of the 3rd Regional Training Course on End-to-End Multi Hazards Early Warning Systems (EWS-3) held last March 3-7, 2014 at Citin Plaza Patong Hotel and Spa, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand. The event was organized by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).

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To equip the participants the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude in conducting OpenStreetMap (OSM) trainings and workshops was the main objective of the OSM Trainors’ Training held last June 10-14 at Benigno Mayo Hall, ISO Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. Quiapo Church was represented by the Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry staff Rev. Marvin Cruz, Glenn Lawas and Jayson Peñon. Various stakeholders such as government, LGU, NGOs and academic institutions also joined the said event. This endeavour was organized by the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) in partnership with World Bank, Australian Aid, Humanitarian OSM Team, OSM Indonesia and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Miriam College conducted its 6th Summer Executive Course on Understanding International, National and Local Humanitarian Systems and Tools held on May 7-9, 2014 at Lecture Rooms 3 and 4, SMT Building, Miriam College, Quezon City.

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