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Mave [57th batch (2017 Spring Forum)] [The Philippines]

Participating in 57th batch (2017 Spring Forum)The Philippines

Voice before the participation

Greetings from the disaster-resilient City of Tacloban, Philippines!

I am Emmanuel Antonio A. Lim and my nickname is “Mave”. I am an Emergency Medical Technician, a Registered Nurse and a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) advocate. I work in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Education Supervisor II.

I thank the LORD and the IATSS staff for giving me this opportunity to participate in the 57th Batch IATSS Forum in Suzuka, Japan. I also thank CHED for the support and for providing me with relevant documents needed for the scholarship program. At this juncture, I feel honored and blessed to be sent to represent my Country in this prestigious international undertaking.

I come from a place which was heavily devastated by the “World’s Strongest Typhoon” Haiyan (Yoloanda). I have experienced the suffering and hardship during the aftermath of the storm. But, I bear witness on how Taclobanons (citizens of Tacloban), governments and humanitarian organizations come together to rebuild our City and make it better. I too am thankful for the generosity of countries that helped us stand on our feet again, most especially Japan.

After the Haiyan experience, my desire to help contribute to the DRRM capacity of my City grew even stronger. Hence in 2015, I organized the United Medics Emergency ResponseTeam (UMERT), a team of committed volunteers who responded to the call to “help people, save lives and serve humanity” and advocates safety and DRRM in Tacloban.

I understand that things always happen for a reason and my participation to the said forum is very timely. The mere thought of staying in the country where the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) originated excites me. Also, the IATSS forum will give me an opportunity to experience Japan’s culture, heritage, norms, discipline and practices, among others. Guided by the motto: “Thinking and Learning Together”, I too can learn a lot from interactions with fellow-participants from ASEAN countries and do my share as well during day-to-day activities. I will take this occasion to expand my social network by making new friends, and hopefully, establish new connections with people and organizations for partnerships in the future.

I am positive that I will be able to apply the experiences I will gain in Japan on enhancing my capacity and capability in DRRM and resilience. Moreover, I believe that the IATSS Forum will contribute much to my growth holistically that will make me stand-out and serve better my family, profession, office, UMERT, the IATSS Forum Philippine Alumni, and the community in general, when I return to my Country.

To God be the glory!