ILOILO City Government's Kabalaka Gallery for disaster preparedness has embarked a school caravan in an effort to bring advocacy closer to children.
Kabalaka stands for KAhublagan sa BArangay para sa LApnagon nga KAhandaan sa Kalamidad or Movement for Community-Based Disaster Preparedness.
City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) head Donna Magno said Kabalaka Gallery enhances public awareness on disaster preparedness.
"This initiative was established based on what we have learned while studying disaster risk reduction. And one of the reasons is we want to share to the public, especially to children, to educate them to be prepared anytime," Magno said.
CDRRMO personnel conduct interactive games, storytelling and other creative means to promote the culture of safety and resilience.
Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School, through principal Dr. Angelo Tanoy, hosted the first week-long caravan.
It then went to West Visayas State University Integrated Laboratory School where students were trained as facilitators during the stint with a total of 384 guests that participated in exhibit.
Interested parties may contact CDRRMO at 323-4973, 333-4333, 0949-403-0117 and 0975-037-6520 for Kabalaka tour.
Kabalaka Gallery was earlier assessed by national validators as part of the city's entries to Gawad Kalasag and Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities awarding slated later this year.
It was developed through the Community-Based Adaptation and Resiliency Against Disasters project in partnership with City of Yokohama, Japan; Citynet Yokohama Project Office; and Japan International Cooperation Agency. (PR)