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PIA Press Release
2007/04/24

Leyte gov calls disaster workbook "a labor of love"

By Rebecca Cadavos

SOUTHERN LEYTE (24 April) -- A kind of instructional material for the school children "My Little Workbook on Disaster Reponse" is an answer to the felt need which in recent years the province was been hit by disasters, Gov. Lerias disclosed during her message on the book's launching held last night, April 23.

"Preparations started when foreign-funded non-government organization Save the Children's Provincial Coordinator Christopher Villarino introduced the project for the purpose of involving the school children in disaster preparedness", Gov. Lerias said during the book launching's short program.

Follow-up meetings went on, attended by some Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) members who gave inputs in the preparation of the book to include the Department of Education (DepEd) who will play an important role particularly the teachers involved, the PDCC chair further relayed.

"And now, the product - a labor of love" with concrete form, inputs from the school children and the teachers, and other NGOs plus the funding from the USAID-Save the Children," Gov. Lerias further related.

The lady governor said that the workbook will be part of the school's curriculum for the teachers to use in their classes - teaching the children how to be prepared when disaster comes, tsunamis, earthquakes, magma in volcano, among others.

In behalf of the province, Hon. Lerias was grateful for the support of each agency involved, Philvocs, Pag-asa, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and other NGOs involved in disaster response and hoping for a continuous partnership - and for the other various needs of the province.

The occasion held at Buena Vida in Barangay Pasay here was also graced by Save the Children-US Country Manager Matilde Nida Vilches, Commincations Officer Hon. Kevin Donahue of USAID Office of the Phils.-Southeast Asia, Bishop Precioso Cantillas, among others. (PIA-Maasin) [top]

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