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Para laging handa! Lapid wants Filipino youth ‘knowledgeable’ about disasters

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Senator Lito Lapid wants all elementary and high schools nationwide to teach subjects on disaster awareness and disaster mitigation.

He filed Senate Bill No. 1140 filed in November 2019 which seeks to integrate disaster preparedness in the curricula of primary and secondary schools.

The Philippines is ranked as among the most disaster-prone countries in the world. It is important for the Filipino youth to appreciate sufficient preparedness for calamities that may strike the country anytime, Lapid said.

He added that the country’s geographical condition makes it vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunami, floods, droughts and volcanic eruption such as the recent explosion of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

“Mahalaga na bago pa man tumama ang kalamidad sa ating bansa, nakahanda na ang ating mga kababayan,” the senator from Pampanga said.

“Hindi na sapat ang rumeresponde na lamang tayo dahil may nasira ng istruktura o may nasaktan na tayong kababayan. Kailangan maaga pa lang ay maiwasan na natin ang may masaktan at masirang mga ari-arian,” he said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that an average of 20 typhoons “visit” the country every year, bringing in storm surges, floods and strong winds which often destroy properties and claim lives.

Lapid said that in response to these disasters which likely to hit the country every year, the government along with the educational institutions should promote a proactive disaster preparedness program.

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