Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Anti-climate hazard learning materials for kids ready before class opening — LCCAD
By Danny O. Calleja

LEGAZPI CITY, April 25 (PNA) – Top-caliber teachers-writers-critics from Albay’s public schools will gather in one workplace on Tuesday for a tedious two-day work to finalize the draft of learning materials on anti-climate hazards for school children that would be ready for use as the next school year opens in June.

The gathering is part of the “K to 12 Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR): Learning Materials for Philippine Schools” project being carried out by the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) based in this city.

The LCCAD is the national climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk and vulnerability reduction (DRVR) training institution and service provider recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that provides theoretical moorings to multiple stakeholders, including the educational sector and national and local government units (LGUs).

Manuel “Nong” Rangasa, the LCCAD executive director, on Monday told the Philippines News Agency that the coming together of the selected teachers from the four schools divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Albay is for the rewriting, re-editing, fine-tuning and finalization of the draft learning materials prepared last February by a separate set of teacher-writers.

“We are gathering this new set of teachers at the function hall of Sarung Banggi Beach Resort in Sto. Domingo, Albay to work for two days (April 26-27) on the learning materials in preparation for its final production and distribution to all public elementary and secondary schools in Bicol before the opening of school year 2016-2017,” Rangasa said.

The project, a product of the recent interlocking among anti-weather disaster campaigners mostly based in Bicol, is pushing on the production of teaching materials that would incorporate CCA and DRVR in the primary and secondary schools curricula.

Jointly spearheaded by the office of Albay 3rd district congressional Representative Fernando Gonzalez, city government of Legazpi headed by Mayor Noel Rosal and the LCCAD, the move supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has tied up with the DepEd and Climate Change Commission (CCC) in coming up with the learning materials.

Its roll-out activities last until Feb. 21 and assembled under one roof, 78 writer-teachers from the province who developed in a tough three-day live-in technical write-shop explicit learning materials and teaching modules focused on the conceptual framework towards the integration of information related to disasters in the K to 12 basic education program.

A brainchild of Gonzalez, Rangasa said, the project concept was anchored securely on the commonly accepted fact that measures to address climate change and disaster risk impacts started at home, where families and individuals were the basic elements of the day-to-day decision-making process.

According to Gonzalez, educating the youth is a significant element of a new strategy to embed CCA in the educational system.

“Our schools can provide the venue for the adoption and implementation of the integrated global goals for resilience among vulnerable peoples, multiple stakeholders and communities by preparing the populace, both socially and culturally, to meet the unequivocal challenges of climate change and natural disasters,” the congressman stressed.

Gonzalez, who is vice-chair of the Bicol Recovery and Economic Development Committee, explained that the K to 12 conceptual frameworks were anchored on educating the youth, which is a significant element of a new strategy to embed CCA and DRVR in the Philippine educational system.

Rangasa said the goals of CCA and DRVR education were to foster public awareness of and concern about economic, social, political, ecological and cultural interdependence of rural and urban areas as well as create new patterns and norm of behavior of individuals, groups and multiple stakeholders as a whole towards CCA and DRVR.

It also aims to simplify, facilitate and provide individual with opportunities to acquire solid foundation of knowledge, values and skills needed to protect and improve the environment to develop and implement comprehensive risk management strategies and build better for community resiliency, the LCCAD head said.

The implementation of the project is governed by a memorandum of agreement (MOA) EARLIER ENTERED INTO BETWEEN THE LCCAD AND CCC, WHICH OFFICIALLY ASSIGNED THE FORMER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE K TO 12 CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS AND THE ROLLOUT OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE LATTER.

IN THE SIGNING OF THE MOA, RANGASA SAID CCC SECRETARY EMMANUEL DE GUZMAN TOOK NOTE OF THE LCCAD’S K TO 12 CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS THAT CALL FOR THE INTEGRATION OF INFORMATION FROM THREE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS RELATED TO DISASTERS CRAFTED IN 2015 THAT REFLECT THE GROWING AWARENESS ABOUT THE NEED FOR MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES.

RANGASA SAID DE GUZMAN WAS REFERRING TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, THE SENDAI FRAMEWORK ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, AS ENSHRINED IN THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. (PNA)
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