Saving, sustaining life through education-A A +A
The Scribe’s Corner
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team.”
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DISASTERS are unavoidable but its effects can be mitigated and one way of doing so is through education. This is exactly the reason why Plan International, a child-centered organization believes that education is not only a right but a ‘basic infrastructure’ that can be both life-saving and life sustaining.
This international organization also buys the idea that education gives hope for the future and offers physical and psychosocial protection.
Mr. Angelo Hernan E. Melencio, program manager of the Increasing Community Disaster Preparedness in Davao Oriental Project said that they have conducted “Session Guides Development on the Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction Core Messages in the Basic Education Curricula to support schools of disaster risk area. It is part of the Increasing Disaster Preparedness Project funded by the US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA/United States Agency for International Development (USAid).
Melencio added that the goal of the writeshop is for vulnerable communities in Davao Oriental to demonstrate increased resilience against impacts of natural disasters through enhanced awareness, knowledge and skills on disaster risk reduction, mitigation and management.
Based on its program description, Plan proposes to implement the project in 12 villages and 12 schools in three heavily affected coastal municipalities of Davao Oriental namely Baganga, Boston and Cateel with approximately 28,582 direct beneficiaries.
Thirty curriculum writers from the above mentioned towns with their respective public schools district Supervisors and education program supervisors attended the writeshop facilitated by Ms. Prudencia Sanoy, Plan International Country Program Advisor for Learning.
Present during the orientation and opening program were Cynthia Guerra, Plan International Emergency Response Manager, Davao Oriental Schools Division Superintendent Feliciano Tamondong Jr., OCD Regional Director Loreto Rirao and this writer representing DepED Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno.
The recent major disaster that happened in Cebu and Bohol makes the project more relevant as the output of the said activity can be used in any place within the country given its characteristic as disaster-prone archipelago.
As it is widely known, prevention is better than cure.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 21, 2013.