MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 1 (PIA)  --   Starting this school year 2014-2015, a number of schools in the province, from elementary, high school, and college, will integrate into their major subjects lessons on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
This is part of school safety measures implemented by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) in accordance with Republic Act 10121 and in close coordination with various stakeholders, such as local government units, department of education, non-government organizations, and other community-based groups.
The planned DDR and CCA integration into the school curriculum in this city and province was also the result of a workshop on the subject held recently, in which a steering committee was tasked to monitor and oversee the expected concrete action in chosen learning institution, said Danilo Atienza, head of the provincial disaster body.
In an interview during the Action Center Cable TV program Wednesday, Atienza said the law on disaster risk reduction management had mandated such integration for secondary and tertiary schools, but here in the province and city he saw the need to include the elementary schools.
Atienza believed school children can be agents of change, learning from their teachers information on safety precautions during, before, and after disasters, and relaying these inputs to their parents for an effective and pro-active communication.
“Know disasters, no disasters,” Atienza emphasized, a clever play of words and meanings in a phrase short and catchy enough to merit more than a passing attention.
Aside from classroom instruction, Atienza said other activities planned to boost DRR and CCA lessons are actual field trips or excursions to select sites in the province noted for their environment preservation.
These included the Molopolo-Sta. Cruz Marine Fish Sanctuary in Macrohon and a forest plantation in barangay Lunas, Maasin City, administered by Young Innovators for Sustainable Economic Development Association (YISEDA), a People’s Organization, among others.  (mmp, PIA-Southern Leyte)