Malayan Colleges Laguna

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PTC’s Project RISE held its Orientation for MCL’s Student Leaders and Facilitators 

By: Reinhold Gabriel B. Catangay 

Representatives of MCL, Mapúa-PTC CMET, CSCE, PTC, and ASSIST alongside Student Leaders and Facilitators holding the Master of Disaster board game.

Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-One days ago (13 years ago), Typhoon ‘Ondoy’ (international name: Ketsana) left the Philippines in utter destruction as it caused unimaginable casualties. More than a decade has passed since then, and several typhoons have continued to hit the Philippines, yet the aftermath of the destructions have left terrifying imprints in our history.  

Typhoon Ondoy brought an unusually high volume of rain, which caused extensive flooding along the Marikina River and neighboring areas. People thought and blamed the coastal community in Marikina for neglecting their duty but what they did not realize was that the effects of the typhoon were brought upon by the collective negligence of the public towards the environment.  

This was what Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina, Assistant Vice President for External Relations and Global Linkages, emphasized in his opening remarks during the Project RISE (Resiliency Improvement Support and Education for the Seafarer Community in the Philippines) Student Leaders and Facilitators’ Orientation held on October 7, 2022. highlighted the importance of learning disaster risk reduction management as all share the same space, environment, and natural resources. Thus, no community is exclusive for one entity, but for all.  

Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina, AVP for External Relations and Global Linkages (left photo) and Ms. Jocelyn T. Bellin, CSCE Director (right photo), presented in the orientation 

For a very long time, there was this notion that all one needed to do in times of disaster was to pack relief goods. However, that notion means that the incident has already passed. It has now become a response rather than prevention, which should be the focus of disaster preparedness and resiliency,” said Mr. Hector Jon Brizuela, Project Manager of Project RISE from the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC). This idea is linked to the National Risk Reduction Management Act, which suggests that prevention is better than cure, thus the need for disaster preparedness.  


With that, the PTC aims to and is currently training 5 (five) primary communities under Project RISE. These communities are as follows: (1) Balayan, Batangas; (2) Bacoor, Cavite; (3) Imus and General Trias, Cavite, as joint communities; (4) Cabuyao, Laguna, and lastly, (5) the City of Iloilo; to enhance their disaster preparedness and resilience capacities, and to contribute to the ongoing local and national efforts to capacitate each community for better disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). 

PTC Project RISE Lead, Mr. Hector Jon Brizuela, introduced the initiative to MCL student leaders.

As Filipinos make up a quarter of 1.2 million mariners around the globe, they are also people best trained in disaster preparedness and urgency management for safety. Everything is about preparedness so the focus should be on utilizing preemptive measures rather than a response. 

Mr. Josh P. McCarver of the PTC presented the project’s objectives.

Mr. Josh P. McCarver from the PTC reiterated the importance of the participation of Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School (MCL) in pursuing a series of activities of sustained engagements about disaster preparedness and resiliency as this program is not a once-in-a-lifetime project, if the Philippines continues to suffer different natural and man-made calamities, there will always be a need to prepare and to respond accordingly. With this, the following project objectives are as follows: 

  1. Master Trainer Program;  
  2. Citizen Trainer Program;  
  3. Project RISE Mobile Application;  
  4. Master of Disaster (MOD) board game;  
  5. Project RISE – MCL Volunteers;  
  6. Integration of DRRM to NSTP (National Service Training Program) courses that specialize in DRRM, marine safety, and marine life conservation; and   
  7. Project RISE Cabuyao Volunteer Network 

 To ensure everyone understands how natural disasters occur and what the proper courses of action should be made when struck by a calamity, Ms. Ma. Hannah Lyn Madeloso, Project Management Associate from the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), led the participants as they took part in a game of Master of Disaster (MOD), a fun-packed board game that teaches players how to prepare and respond to most common disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Students from different organizations and colleges, as well as the faculty of the Mapúa-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (Mapúa-PTC CMET), had an engaging experience playing the said board game.  

Copies of the Master of Disaster board game, developed by ASSIST, were distributed to each group of students, faculty, and facilitators to play the game and to educate about disaster preparedness. 

“As long as natural disasters are happening, the PTC assured that they will never stop capacitating communities in need, hoping to establish a resilient community, and eventually, a resilient life”, said Mr. Brizuela and Mr. McCarver. They added that PTC hopes for a purposeful partnership and support with MCL in bringing forth development toward the goal of disaster preparedness and resiliency.