| Azlan Othman |
THE Disaster Preparedness Coordinator (DPC) training programme was held at the Sports Village, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, on August 6- 8, as one of the ongoing efforts of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) to raise public awareness on disaster management.
A total of 42 representatives at the grassroots level from all four districts participated in the programme. It was organised by the NDMC in collaboration with various departments and agencies, including the district offices, the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD), the Community Development Department (JAPEM), the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD) and the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).
During the three-day programme, the participants were briefed on topics such as disaster risk reduction in Brunei Darussalam, fire prevention and mitigation, the districts’ role in addressing disaster and basic first aid.
The guest of honour at the closing ceremony of the DPC training programme yesterday was Permanent Secretary (Security, Welfare and Law) at the Ministry of Home Affairs Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, who presented the participants with certificates of recognition and vests from DPC.
The closing ceremony was also attended by the Acting Temburong District Officer, the Acting Director of NDMC and the Acting Director of Fire and Rescue.
The DPC programme’s purpose was to identify local residents to assist the NDMC and the District Offices in any disaster management activity, through their village heads and village consultative councils.
The programme is a continuation of previous NDMC public awareness and community-based programmes, such as Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and School-Based Disaster Risk Management (SBDRM), which involve grassroots leaders from village consultative councils in localised disaster management.
One participant from the Brunei-Muara District Haji Mustapa bin Haji Masri, said, “The topics were relevant towards containing disaster, such as practical training and first aid. There were discussions, and the presentations were of high quality. There is also potential for us to become facilitators.”
He also suggested that the authorities enrol them for overseas courses in disaster management, in addition to counselling courses.