Category : Administration | Sub Category : Governance Posted on 2021-08-25 14:48:29
In an effort to make Catanduanes State University (CatSU) felt immersed in the different areas of the province’s state of life, whether in education, livelihood, employment, enterprise, agriculture, economy, etc., this time it has ventured on sharing its own part in the province’s post-disaster support program for those afflicted areas, especially in times when the province is cut-off temporarily from main communication lines outside to call immediate help for localities in dire state just after the typhoon. This temporary loss calls proactive response to far flung areas during calamities, especially from strong howlers that often visit the province.
Along this end, CatSU, led by SUC President III, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, took an early initiative in organizing a select group of graduates from various high schools in Catanduanes particularly those who were alumni of Cadet Officers’ Leadership Training (COLT) Class 85 way back then hosted by the Catanduanes National High School (CNHS) and facilitated by then Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) Office under then Commandant (Ret.) Maj. Rufino L. Chavez Jr. (PA, RES). The group gained its tactical and basic para-military, survival and life-saving techniques as part of its then basic student para-military course as officers of then Citizen’s Army Training (CAT) in high school. The CatSU President himself was a graduate of the COLT 85 course and served as an officer of then CAT in the CSCLHS. Early responders from the locals in the COLT 85 held their first meeting on August 21, 2021 at the CatSU and met with President, Dr.Azanza to thresh-out initial plans and core activities.
Joining in the ranks of high school alumni of the COLT 85 aside from CNHS were CSC Laboratory High School (CSCLHS), Catanduanes College (CC), Bato RDHS, San Andres Vocational High School, San Miguel RDHS, PSAT, Viga RDHS, Panganiban NHS, Bagamanoc NHS, Caramoran NHS. The select group of professionals from the group pooled themselves in response to the CatSU President’s call for volunteers to organize the University-led post-disaster quick response team that will also complement the province’s disaster management activities in times of calamities. “It is not that we want another calamity to hit the island after the devastating super typhoon Rolly. But we know it is just a matter of time that another disaster might come along, thus, might as well prepare for it,” Dr.Azanza said.
Earlier, President Azanza coordinated with the Provincial Local Government Unit and the Virac LGU concerning the program where an early response from ViracCouncilor Robert Maullon was secured by the University in his upcoming sponsorship in the Sanggunian of a CatSU –Virac LGU Partnership on Disaster Preparedness. Dr.Azanza continues to call for more civic-spirited citizens of the province to help in the University’s post-disaster preparedness and response program.
Dr.Azanza likewise enjoined the support of other sectors from alumni, retirees, and community leaders in sharing their part in this initiative. The University aims to prepare relief items, medicines, emergency kit and other goods that will be of help when the inevitable happens. “We are doing this before any disaster happens,” President Azanza said. “We want to have ready sacks of rice, medicine, drinking water, canned goods, coffee, noodles, blankets, emergency lights, candles, etc. before any emergency happens,” he said. “Para tabi ni sa karahayan kan gabos. Magpreparar na tabi kita bago pa mangyari and emergency situation (This is for the good of all, let’s be prepared before emergency situations happen), “ the University President said. To those who would like to extend their proactive support, they are welcome to coordinate with the University Physician, Dr. Felix III Ma, University Nurse, Ms Millie T. Gianan, Health Sciences Dean, Prof. Janet B. Lim, Ms Lolit Sicio of the Office of the President, or you may text or call: 09291753354. ##ESV