City’s disaster body starts awareness drive

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

BEFORE the opening of classes next month, the Cebu City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) conducted a disaster awareness campaign in the city’s public schools.

The move is in compliance with Republic Act 10121 or the act that strengthens the disaster risk reduction and management of the country.

Councilor Dave Tumulak said the City also wants to educate the students on disaster and how to properly react to it.


The law also requires the Department of Education (DepEd) to include in the present curriculum disaster awareness, Tumulak added.

Last week, Tumulak and other members of the disaster team, along with the DepEd, started talks with teachers.

The team is set to finish the briefings next week.

“We need to educate the teachers because they will be the ones who deal with their students and teach them what to do in times of disasters,” Tumulak told Sun.Star Cebu.

As classes start this month, Tumulak said the disaster team will also educate parents.

“The parents have a very important role on disaster awareness,” He said.

Aside from typhoons and earthquakes, LDRRMC also included fire and the El Niño in the briefings.

They included mitigating measures against the dry spell.

Tumulak highlighted that water and electricity conservation should be taught in schools, now that the El Niño is expected to start this month.

Water and electricity consumption are expected to increase as classes starts by June, Tumulak said.

The LDRRMC also tapped the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) and the City Health Department to check the water supply in public schools.

“We have to make sure that schools have enough clean water supply,” Tumulak said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 02, 2014.

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