Bohol 7.2 earthquake anniversary: Phivolcs strengthens DRRM officers’ capacity

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A HOUSE in Sagbayan, Bohol that collapsed during the Oct. 2013 earthquake. — NOAH.UP.EDU.PH/AMFLAGMAY

DISASTER RISK Reduction and Management (DRRM) officers of the 47 towns and one city of Bohol are undergoing a seminar-workshop organized by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Oct. 10-11 to strengthen earthquake awareness and preparedness. The gathering also aims to discuss lessons learned as well as rebuilding efforts and challenges after the 7.2 earthquake that struck the province five years ago on Oct. 15, 2013. Phivolcs, in a statement, said it is “imperative to know what have been learned from this event, and what has been done in those years to rebuild all that is considered as the province’s legacy.” Phivolcs also emphasized the need for continuing DRRM capacity-building for local governments, particularly for earthquakes and tsunamis.