DepEd reiterates call to incorporate
disaster risk reduction in curriculum
The Department of Education (DepEd) shared a social media post yesterday offering a reminder of DepEd Order No. 37, signed by then-DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, which provides guidelines for incorporating disaster risk reduction education in basic curriculum. The call comes amid the ongoing observance of National Disaster Resilience Month, which is observed throughout July.
According to DepEd, between 2009 and 2018, over 40,000 schools have been exposed to natural disasters.
“While schools continuously face the risks from these hazards, DepEd has been working towards reducing the vulnerability of the education sector and better preparing school officials, teachers, and learners to both respond and recover from disaster,” the department said in the social media post.
The order notes, such topics will “ensure quality education is continuously provided and prioritized even during disasters and/or emergencies.”
National Disaster Resilience Month, which was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte via executive order in 2017, seeks to “provide national government agencies and local government units ample time to implement their disaster awareness campaigns.”
Last week, Iloilo City kicked off the month-long observance with a motorcade throughout the city./WDJ