Climate change subject a must in school curriculum in Bicol
by MA Loterte
Legazpi City (7 October) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) central office has finally issued a directive to all public and private elementary and secondary schools in Bicol to integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) measures in the school curriculum starting next year, according to Center on Initiatives and Research on Climate Change Adaptation (CIRCA).
Manuel Rangaza, CIRCA executive director, said Monday that Education Sec. Jesli Lapus has already directed DepEd technical personnel to fine tune the guidelines on the new curriculum and immediately implement the curriculum next year.
Rangaza said that once the guidelines are out the inclusion of climate change adaptation and mitigation subjects would be pilot tested in Albay.
"This makes the province a mainstream of CCA in the country's educational system," he said.
As this developed Dominador Peralta Jr., Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Bicol regional director, has issued a directive to all state colleges and universities, including private universities and colleges across the region, to also integrate CCA in various social science subjects.
He also directed various higher education institutions here to coordinate with concerned agencies in propagating global warming awareness in schools and adopt strategies on advocacy on CCA and mitigation.
Peralta said "Bicol has been exposed to various climate change risks such as tropical cyclones, storm surges, flooding, and landslides, hence it is our civic duty to take action against climate change through collaboration with scientist, academe policy makers, media and the community."
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda initiated two years ago the National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (NCCA), the conference came out with the Albay Declaration on Climate Change Adaptation.
Salceda said the Albay declaration called for the mapping out of local and national policies to arrest the imminent threats posed by global warming and other environmental issues.
He said the initiative led to the passage of the Philippine Climate Change Act focusing on CCA and mitigation. (PIA V) [top]