DRM Seminar prepares PSBA-Manila SHS Students for Disasters

August 28, 2018, the Philippine School of Business Administration – Manila PSBA-Manila held a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Seminar for its Senior High School (SHS) students at the Graduate School of Business. The Seminar showed PSBA-Manila’s SHS students the School’s DRM policies and accomplishments, as well as how to construct their own survival kit in case of disasters. They were also introduced to the School’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) DRM Unit and the Master in Business Administration specialization in DRM program.

The details of the event can be read below.

Senior High School

August 28, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 nn

Agenda of the Seminar

Time Activity
11:00 am – 11:05 am Morning Prayer
11:05 am – 11:15 am Opening Remarks
Ms. Sara C. Ilas, AB, MAT
11:15 am – 11:35 am Disaster Preparedness
Dr. Erwin C. Zabala
11:35 am – 11:55 am DRM Program
Dr. Tabassam Raza, BSc, BSCE, MSc, MS, MAURP, DBA, Ph.D., P.E.
11:55 am – 12:00 nn Closing Remarks
Ms. Sara C. Ilas, AB. MAT
Photo 1. Ms. Sara C. Ilas emceeing the event.

Ms. Sara C. Ilas acted as an emcee for the program and began with opening remarks for the event. She highlighted that this presentation is happening as required by the Department of Education.

Photo 2. Ms. Formosa led the morning prayer.

Ms. Ilas then introduced Ms. Stephanie Victoria Formosa who led the opening prayer.

After the Morning Prayer, Prof. Ilas introduced Dr. Erwin C. Zabala for the Disaster Preparedness presentation

“Survival Kit”

Dr. Zabala discussed about designing his own survival kit. First, he discussed about identifying his purpose and objective and asked the participants what their purpose for survival is. He says that for him, his primary purpose and objective for survival is his family, showing photos of his immediate family members as well as some of his hobbies. He then discussed about the challenges, specifically floods, earthquakes, and accidents. He highlighted that everyone should know the nearest evacuation centers, especially churches which are meant to withstand Magnitude 10 earthquakes.

Dr. Zabala then discussed about the value of creating his own survival kit, which contains basic first aid, food, and basic tools. He showed the students what is inside his own kit and gave tips on what to choose, especially for tools and food. He also showed how he transports his kit and an additional survival kit for his family with one weeks’ supply of food in case an earthquake strikes. Finally, he concludes his presentation by imparting a message that “It doesn’t matter where you start. Only that you begin”, quoted from Robin Sharma.

After Dr. Zabala’s presentation, Ms. Ilas introduced Dr. Tabassam Raza for the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Awareness Orientation.

Photo 3. Dr. Raza presenting about DRM Awareness Orientation.
“Seminar on Disaster Risk Management Awareness Orientation”

Dr. Raza began by discussing the importance of self-preservance in disasters. He highlighted that in planes, passengers are asked to put on their own masks before helping children because the children will not be able to help you and you must help yourself before you can help others. He emphasizes the value of one’s life and that you must take care of your own life.

He then shared about the accomplishments of the Philippine School of Business Administration, Manila (PSBA-Manila) by winning the Gawad KALASAG 2018 for Higher Education Institutions in the National Capital Region. He highlighted that the School is the best in this category because there is an organizational structure within the school to do so, specifically the Disaster Risk Management unit under the Graduate School of Business. He says that since PSBA-Manila is a School for management, it is not surprising that we have experts capable of training management experts, including for DRM. He then showed the School DRM policy and the various School emergency evacuation plans, after which, he showed various photos from the recent Metro Manila “Shake Drill” which used these emergency evacuation plans, eventually ending up at the nearby Methodist Church basketball court.

He concludes by giving each senior high school student a starter kit that consists of a triangular bandage for first aid and a whistle that has a compass and flashlight to be used for emergency purposes prepared by the DRM Unit.

Ms. Ilas concluded the event by thanking the speakers, participants, and the staff who assisted in the event.