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PIA Press Release
2010/06/04

DENR Ifugao warns public to be prepared for La Nina

Lagawe, Ifugao (4 June) -- As weather forecasters warn the public about the coming in of La Nina, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is also forewarning the public of possible landslides.

Levita Camat of the DENR here in a radio interview said that preparing before the occurrence of a disaster is very important to save lives and properties. The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences included Ifugao as one of the top 10 provinces in the country which is prone to landslides.

Camat also warned people living in hazardous areas to be careful and leave the area in case there is a strong rain. Do not take chances because we cannot predict what will really happen.

It can be recalled that 19 residents in Kiangan, Lagawe, Hingyon and Asipulo were buried alive during Typhoon Emong two years ago.

Preparedness and plan strategy are very important thus the family members should conduct household disaster drills. Every family member should know where to exit from the house, prepare household survival kit, designate tasks and pray as a family.

On the otherhand, Camat said that what we are experiencing now, referring to the dry spell is attributed to the effects of climate change. "It is not yet too late, she said as she advised the listeners to reforest, plant trees, and have a low carbon lifestyle. **Vency D. Bulayungan/PIA-Ifugao

DepEd, partners to ensure smooth school opening in June

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (4 June) -- The Department of Education here calls on its partners in the government and private sector to ensure an orderly and hitch-free opening of classes on June 15.

Education Division Superintendent Estela Carino said that this is to ensure that basic utilities and services are available in all public schools here.

"Ensuring a good educational environment for the young ones is the best gift we can give to them. That is why we ask the assistance and support of the parents, officials and other stakeholders to help the department attain this goal," she added.

In a radio interview, Carino noted the low participation rate saying that one of the reasons why there is a decrease is that some pupils will drop from school during the school year. For the secondary level, the absence of a dormitory or the high cost of boarding houses are some reasons why some high school students quit going to school.

With the implementation of the Brigade Eskwela, assistance of the stakeholders will not only focus on the safety of students and ensuring that students are properly enrolled but also seeing to it that all pupils will be able to attend school the whole year round," Carino stressed. The program also creates awareness on how the whole community can help in bringing all school-aged children to school.

"We encourage parents to follow up their children and not to rely on the teachers alone," Carino appealed.

"Because of the strong partnership among our convergence partners and other education stakeholders, our common goal to make education accessible to all is within reach," Carino said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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