“Preparedness pays,” an official said after their school topped this year’s Kalasag Award for school rural category in Region 12.
Mr. Edwin A. Duldulao, principal of Bambad National High School (BNHS) in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat was elated after they bested other public schools as they emerged champion of Kalasag Award 2017 in the region.
Duldulao said, “It is very necessary for every students and teachers to know, practice or exercise drills to prepare for any eventuality because calamity comes anytime without no one expecting it.”
Mainstreaming DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) into school curricula aims to raise awareness and provide a better understanding of disaster management for children, teachers and communities.”
“It will also instill in the minds of everyone that disaster strike anytime and anywhere without warning, but preparedness is the only best arm to fight such phenomenon,” he added.
The official also believes that “government can effectively reach out to communities and protect them by focusing on schools in DRR initiatives to achieve greater resilience to disasters.
The BNHS was adjudged champion in the search for Gawad Kalasag Award 2017 school category (rural) regional level. This earned the school the honor to represent Region XII for Gawad Kalasag Award 2017 in the national level.
The Gawad Kalasag (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan Sariling Galing at Kaligtasan) is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance.
It aims to recognize the exceptional contribution DRRM practitioners in strengthening resilience and adaptive capacities of various sectors and endeavors to promote the spirit of volunteerism among agencies and individuals in providing the much needed help during the response phase of DRRM.
One of the categories in the Gawad Kalasag Awards is the Best Schools in the Elementary and Secondary level under the public and private school categories elementary and secondary schools.
The importance of the education sector in promoting and enabling DRR has already been identified by researchers and policy makers. In doing so, there is a renewed focus on disaster education in primary and secondary schools.
Accompanying structural changes to improve safety in building schools will not only protect children and their access to education, but will also minimize long term costs.
There is increasing evidence that students of all ages can actively study and participate in school safety measures, and also work with teachers and other adults in the community towards minimizing risk before, during, and after disaster events.
Methods of participatory vulnerability assessment, capacity assessment and hazard mapping have been be used with broader communities surrounding schools and other institutions of education and research.
The School Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (SDRRMC) has envisioned that a culture of life and disaster risk resilient members of the school are empowered and responsive individuals in an atmosphere of collaboration.
Its mission is to maintain effective and efficient programs, plans and other activities relative to DRR in school to support the quest for quality education through synchronized and integrated effort. (EB dela Cruz, AC Agad/PIA 12)