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Start ’em young! Sonny Angara wants disaster mitigation integrated in primary school curriculum

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Senator Sonny Angara wants disaster awareness and mitigation be taught in elementary and high schools.

He reiterated his proposal to incorporate disaster awareness and mitigation in the school curriculum.

“The Philippines is perhaps one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world,” Angara said.

He noted that every year, about 20 typhoons enter the Philippines with their strong winds, storm surges and floods, “damaging many properties and lives of our kababayans.”

Angara earlier filed Senate Bill No. 1944 which seeks to require the teaching of disaster awareness and mitigation as part of the curriculum in all primary and secondary schools.

He said that such measure “is a must” for the Philippines, which is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, tsunami, floods and droughts because of its geologic and geographical conditions.

“Bilang isang ama, ramdam ko ang takot ng mga magulang sa tuwing hindi nila kasama ang kanilang mga anak sa oras ng mga sakuna,” said Angara, a father of three.

“This is why it is important to equip students with knowledge on mitigating and managing hazards and risks brought by natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes,” he said.

The proposed measure “is in response to the need to minimize loss of life, property damage and socioeconomic impact caused by natural disasters,” he added.

Once enacted into law, the Department of Education (DepEd) should adopt the necessary rules and regulations to implement it.