Schools urged to form disaster management body

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


SCHOOLS in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) were asked to form and activate a School Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to prepare for possible hazards that threaten the safety and security of students.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-CAR Officer I Jesse Rey Rios said all schools are mandated to form a committee to address problems encountered in schools such as accidents, disasters and even health emergencies.

The committee must be composed of trained students, teachers and non-teaching staffs of schools.

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“Mas mahaba yung time ng mga estudyante within the school so dapat safe sila,” Rios said.

Rios said the SDMC must be in charge of initial actions in case of casualties before asking for outside help, and need to be active all the time especially since most schools in the region are located in geohazard areas.

He added that members of the SDMC must undergo trainings for them to be knowledgeable on how to conduct fire and earthquake drills and how to respond to disasters and accidents.

They must also be equipped with medical supplies and facilities for assured immediate response.

He reminded all schools must coordinate with OCD and other related agencies for the quarterly conduct of fire and earthquake drills, as they are necessary for disaster preparedness of schools.

Although some schools already have SDMC, Rios said that not all SDMCs are activated, which is why he requested cooperation with the schools.

Meanwhile, he assured the OCD and Philippine National Police will maintain active coordination with the Department of Education not only in the opening of classes but all throughout School Year 2014- 2015.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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