The Disaster Risk Reduction Functional Literacy Project of People’s Initiative for Learning and Community Development (PILCD) with the support of the Government of Australia Aid Program through its Philippines- Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) started in April this year.
During the first four months of the project, the bulk of implementation focused on two project components: community-based learning and learning materials development.
The community-based learning component that targets the community members of Barangay Naguey and Pasdong, in Atok, Benguet started in May.
Social preparation of the project included series of partners meeting with Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Atok, Benguet and Barangay Council of Naguey and Pasdong. Memorandum of Understanding with the two barangays was signed to formalize the project.
Project orientation and planning were conducted preparing the two barangays for the various project activities to be implemented such as awareness raising, hazard mapping, disaster risk reduction planning, disaster drill and training on first aid.
Last June, 50 community members of Naguey participated in a two-day awareness raising activity. The following month, 60 community members of Pasdong participated in a similar activity conducted in two separate days. The awareness raising activities were conducted in the form of learning workshops on climate change, environment, natural and man-made disasters. The learning workshops employed film-showing, slideshow presentations, and group-based activities and discussions.
As groundwork for the disaster risk reduction planning, the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BDRRMC) in the two barangays were organized. PILCD facilitated the formation of BDRRMC by giving orientation on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and discussing the roles and functions of different response teams of BDRRMC. At present, the members of BDRRMC are actively involved in the participatory action learning sessions focused on hazard mapping. They will be the participants for the upcoming disaster drill and first aid training.
In terms of learning materials development, an animated comics and video on disaster preparedness was adopted to Filipino. Development of further materials on disaster preparedness and first aid based on the modules of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) as well as a learning module on climate change is currently underway.
The project launching last July 28 with representatives from the Department of Education-CAR ALS Division, La Trinidad MLGU, Benguet Provincial Local Government Unit and BPOSA signaled the start of center-based learning component. Learning materials on disaster preparedness were launched and distributed among the ALS mobile teachers of Benguet. The project launching was attended by officials from the Department of Education from Division and Regional offices. The governor of Benguet and representative from the office of the Mayor of La Trinidad were also present.
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