QCU Joins Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration for Earthquake Resilience in NCR

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Quezon City University (QCU) actively participated in the recent Dagyaw Open Government town hall meeting organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).  The event, which took place on July 9, 2024, at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, focused on enhancing earthquake resilience across the National Capital Region (NCR).

The theme of the meeting was “Quake-Ready: Forging Metro Manila’s Pathway to Earthquake Resilience.” Stakeholders from various sectors, including Local Colleges and Universities (LCUs), gathered to discuss strategies for preparing for potential seismic events.

Representatives from QCU who attended the town hall included Ms. Tess Gutierrez, Director of Administrative Services; Mr. Nelson Lazare, Director of the Physical Facilities and General Services Division and the San Bartolome Campus; Ms. Ma. Shirley Reneses, Director of the San Francisco Campus; Mr. Michelangelo Fulo, Director of the Batasan Campus; and Ms. Gracia Josue, Head of the Events Management Unit.

During the meeting, participants discussed the importance of integrating local government efforts with academic institutions to improve disaster preparedness and community resilience.

DILG Undersecretary Marlo Iringan highlighted the urgency of this initiative, considering the high disaster risk in the Philippines and the historical activity of the West Valley Fault, which poses a significant threat to Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.

In addition to QCU, the town hall brought together various stakeholders, including local government units, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, National Government Agencies like the Department of Budget and Management, and private sector partners. The aim was to strengthen the collective response to earthquake risks.

This session emphasized the importance of collaborative approaches in advancing resilience-building efforts in the region. QCU’s participation in the town hall reflects its ongoing commitment to community engagement and disaster preparedness, aligning with its educational mission to effectively contribute to societal needs.





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