39 on better footing in disaster management

Hakim Hayat

Some 39 individuals, among them youth leaders, concluded the second series of the Disaster Preparedness Coordination (DPC) training programme at the Youth Development Centre and the Berakas Forest Reserve.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong presented certificates of recognition and DPC jackets to mark the end of the four-day programme.

The programme aimed at enhancing knowledge on climate change adaptation and minimising disaster risks, including preparedness and response through joint coordination. It was organised by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) with cooperation from departments and organisations, as a manifestation of the Youth’s Role in the Adaptation of Climate Change and Minimising Disaster Risks (CCA and DRR) held on November 18-19 last year.

The DPC involved youth of mukim and village consultative councils and its associated bodies.

Participants were briefed on disaster management in Brunei and efforts made to minimise risks, as well as the adaptation to climate change.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong presenting a DPC jacket and certificate to participants. PHOTOS: SYAMI HASSAN

They also took part in a tree-planting activity at the Berakas Forest Reserve and a simulation exercise in handling disaster emergencies, aimed to enhance their capabilities in minimising risks before, during and after disasters.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the programme recognises youth and youth leaders from different communities and organisations, allowing them to assist NDMC, district offices and related agencies in implementing activities in climate change adaptation, minimising disaster risks including preparedness and response through joint coordination.

The participants will also help NDMC in planning and implementing public awareness programmes on the importance of taking the right steps in minimising risk and the impacts of disasters.

The agencies involved in facilitating the programme included the district offices, Fire and Rescue Department, Community Development Department, Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department, Public Works Department, Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, Emergency Medical Ambulance Services, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society and Brunei Darussalam Scout Association.