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MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is going to integrate disaster preparedness in the curriculum to help prepare school children during calamities.
"Preparing children for disasters is our priority. We are integrating it in the school curriculum and making sure that there is greater consciousness about DRR [disaster risk reduction] among superintendents and regional directors," DepEd Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino Rivera said.
Rivera said the DepEd has developed modules to be used by teachers and students to educate pupils on the different kinds of hazards and how to respond to each of these when the need arises.
"Hindi pa fully integrated ito kasi the curriculum is under revision pa with K to 12 but we want to integrate this in the new curriculum. We have to make sure it is there," he said.
He said the DepEd is conducting training programs for teachers and students on disaster preparedness with the help of various government agencies and donors.
"Most of our schools are in communities and the work has to be done by the entire community coming together. The LGUs are helping us, they help us raise consciousness on climate change and disaster preparedness," he said.
In a study conducted by United Nations World Risk Index, the Philippines ranked as the third most disaster prone country in the world next to Vanuatu and Tonga.