Finding Out

Being with NAPC, I still don’t have a vision with regards to what I and my fellow group mates are supposed to be doing in this NSTP at all. I’m sure the rest of them may share in my sentiments, but despite the lack of vision, we do have our expectations. We all know that partaking in this program with NAPC entails us to be doing projects that would aid the people experiencing poverty through the part under the disaster risk reduction management that is disaster mitigation and preparedness.

We are to create a module that would hopefully be used in NAPC’s endeavors for such, but so far all we’ve done is research on the available modules and hazard maps provided by the government and other abled institutions. In doing so, we now know what our group would be dealing with and what we should be doing. Despite the knowledge, it is quite difficult for me to envision that our group would be able to accomplish the ultimate goal that we have set, creating a module that would actually make a difference for what it is needed.

We went on this excursion that involved visiting a certain barangay located in San Mateo, Rizal. In this excursion, I have learned many things regarding the barangay and this certain local group that has been exerting effort since a time ago for the cause of sparing their barangay from the damage caused by the onslaught of floods during storms, fires in the neighborhood and many other things. The one thing that was prominent among all the things I noticed and learned in this excursion was one thing, initiative.

This local group, BuklodTao, has been aiding its community, as well as those outside, as much as they can through their own means with the determination on not relying on waiting for others to aid them. They mostly start, create, and invent things with the current resources they have and accept aid when it comes when they need it. This group, though small at the beginning, flourished to one large organization. Through its members’ determination, resilience, and perseverance in spite of some of the obstacles that hindered the group’s then undiscovered capabilities, it has evolved into the current state it is today: aiding its community economically, environmentally, and spiritually.

One thing is for sure, because of this excursion, I have more to look forward to in regards of our group’s performance in creating our very own disaster mitigation and preparedness module. And although I still have no vision yet, I can only hope that when I do, it would lead to something that is as capable as the feats of that certain group in a barangay from San Mateo, Rizal.

– Audrey Agustin

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