ALL public and private primary and secondary schools in Davao City will soon include traffic regulations and public safety in their curriculum as approved in the city council session yesterday, December 12, 2018.
Councilor Maria Belen Acosta, committee on peace and public safety chairperson, said in an interview with reporters Wednesday that said ordinance seeks raise the awareness of students regarding traffic regulations and public safety measures which will serve as their foundation in dealing with future circumstances.
“Hopefully and mga bata, bata pa lang aware na sila at inakma talaga ito sa each level of comprehension. Halimbawa kung grade 1, hindi mo pa yan matuturuan ng hardcore na traffic regulations,” Acosta said.
The public safety modules produced by the Department of Education (Deped) - Davao City Division were already launched and some schools were already conducting pilot tests using the said modules.
For grade 1 students, fire and earthquake drills topics will be included in their health subject while geohazard map and safety precautions during different whether conditions will be included in some subjects of grade 4 students.
Grades 5 and 9 students will be taught specific traffic regulations and unintentional injuries and first aid kit will be included. And for grade 10 students, earthquake hazards and effects.
Grades 11 and 12 will be taught to explain the meaning of disaster, to differentiate the risk factors underlying disasters, analyze disaster from the different perspectives such as physical, psychological, socio-cultural, economic, political and biological, among others.
Acosta said that the approval of the ordinance and the launching of education program module on public safety were made at the same time and that it is a good thing.
She further said that the curriculum was customized for the city and that there was an unofficial plan to implement the inclusion of traffic regulations and public safety in the curriculum of schools in the Davao Region.