The National Council of Social Development (NCSD) conducted its 67th Mid-Year Assembly with the theme “Advancing Child-led Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM): Reaffirming NCSD’s Commitment to Child Protection and Participation” last July 7, 2016 held at the Aloha Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila.
The program formally started with an invocation and singing of the Philippine National Anthem followed by the introduction of the participating members by Ms. Marian Opeña, NCSD Executive Director and opening remarks of Ms. Susan Biteng, NCSD President.
One of the main highlights of the event was the presentation of good practices among members on child-led DRRM wherein one of the speakers was Mr. Edward Joseph Datay, a Theater Group member of Kaibigan Foundation. Together with him were Mr. Stanley Mercado, DRRM Coordinator of SOS National Office and Mr. Chris Tian Larios from Children International – Quezon City. Aside from this, the CODE-NGO DRR Coordination Hub was discussed by Ms. Ivy Marian Panganiban, ACED2 Advocacy Officer of the Caucus of Development (CODE) NGO Network.