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article imageOp-Ed: Necessity of disaster management education in Philippines

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By Alfredo Ancheta     Aug 9, 2012 in Environment
The propensity of defiance against orders from authorities most of the time is compounded in the Philippines by the disaster situation. People simply don’t mind to go out as long as they are not yet trapped in the danger zone.
This is the attitude that trapped many Filipinos in the present floods they are contending with. They made the difficult situations become more difficult. This, indeed, is a great learning experience for all people, they be calamity victims or simply onlookers.
Filipinos must learn and apply in their daily lives the lessons they have learned as they have been experiencing floods through the years. calamities they have been through. The present disaster situations in extensively affected areas certainly provide them the necessary consciousness and awareness not to repeat the same mistakes and short comings they have had in the passed 4 to 7 days now.
Those who have learned their lessons willfully provide them the much needed protections whenever time arises. The disasters natural and manmade like fires and others suggest that there is a great need for "Disaster Management Education" in all levels of Philippine Education System.
Presently, Earthquake and Fire Drills are conducted annually in schools. The Disaster Coordinating Council Office in every city used to conduct said activities. However, it is observed among educators (in which am one of them) at Olongapo City National High School "it would be better that a curriculum would be formulated for Disaster Management so that it will become one of the learning areas."
Mr. Antonio C. Blanco, Jr., a Master Teacher said, "Disaster management could be integrated in subjects like physical education and health" which to my opinion would be better because teachers have better hold on students than police officers conducting seminar on disaster that happens every year only.
It is believed that with proper education on disaster management, it will be easier to handle and manage people during calamities like what is now happening in the Philippines.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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