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Public school students to represent RP in international disaster preparedness forum

Pasig City (11 October) -- Three public school students were chosen to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Youth Forum For Disaster Reduction Education, which is scheduled from October 30 to November 3, 2006, in Wakayama, Japan. The event was organized by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU), the Wakayama Prefectural Education Board, and the Inamura No Hi Council.

Ma. Agnes Velarosa Frias, Marc Icy Bautista and Cedrick Zapanta, all students from Cavite City National High School will join fellow students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India in the said Asian disaster preparedness forum, with all costs shouldered by the organizers.

The students will be accompanied by Leonardo Notario, Disaster Preparedness Officer of the Municipality of Cavite, and Estrella Gonzales, their mentor and team leader for the Philippine delegation.

Department of Education Secretary Jesli Lapus lauded the students, emphasizing that their participation in the said forum will enhance our students' awareness and preparedness in times of disaster.

The Asian Youth Forum For Disaster Reduction Education aims to provide a platform for information sharing and discussion on disaster preparedness among the youth in Asia. The forum also aims to increase awareness among children of their place in the next age of disaster prevention and about their roles in community disaster prevention. It too establishes a new core partnership among Asian countries towards collaborative disaster mitigation and prevention.

The forum was organized in cooperation with the Cabinet Office, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport of the Government of Japan, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre and the Crisis and Environment Management Policy Institute. (DepEd) [top]

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