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Senator Manny Pacquiao Educates Countrymen on Natural Disaster Readiness

By Unofre Pili
on Apr 13, 2017 08:33 PM EDT
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Manny Pacquiao, apart from being well-known as an international boxing icon, is also involved in humanitarian activities. He is the current ambassador of a humanitarian entity called SAFE STEPS.
Manny Pacquiao, apart from being well-known as an international boxing icon, is also involved in humanitarian activities. He is the current ambassador of a humanitarian entity called SAFE STEPS. (Photo: Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao, on his Facebook page, recently posted specific and crucial safety instructions for people to follow during an earthquake. The post is in line with Pacquiao's social responsibility as SAFE STEPS ambassador.

Drop-Cover-Hold, Pacquiao wrote. In addition to that line, the senator posted an eye-catching poster containing pictorial step-by-step instructions on how to stay relatively safe during an earthquake, stronger ones in particular.  It can be recalled that the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been issuing warnings of late about the possible occurrence of a strong earthquake to hit Metro Manila.

SAFE STEPS Natural Disaster, as defined and expounded in its website, is a pan-Asian public service initiative launched in 2014, aimed at providing people with key educational messages on how to prepare for natural disasters. The Philippines is part of the Asia-Pacific region which is most prone, worldwide, to natural disasters

SAFE STEPS was launched - in partnership between Prudence Foundation and National Geographic Channel -in apparent response to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the Philippines in 2013, claiming thousands of lives. For his international popularity as a boxing icon - at that is the only 8-division world champion in history- and as a humanitarian, Manny Pacquiao, then member of the Philippine House of Representatives, was chosen as the programme ambassador.

Manny Pacquiao, well-known for his philanthropic activities in his native Philippines, is also the founder of the Pacquiao Partnership for the Poor Inc. It aims to provide education, health, and livelihood assistance to marginalized communities and individuals.  The boxing superstar, according to a further description on SAFE STEPS site, is also the Habitat Hero Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity, apart from being a staunch advocate of the movement against human trafficking, aims to alleviate poverty through building homes and fund-generating community projects.

Manny Pacquiao, at 38, is still active in his sport that brought him enormous fortune and worldwide fame. On July 2, at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, he is scheduled to fight Jeff Horn, a local 29-year-old former schoolteacher, who will try to snatch Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown. 

 

 

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