TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE – To further ensure the safety of children during emergencies, the Compostela Valley (ComVal) Division of the Department of Education conducted an inclusive disaster risk reduction (DRR) training for representatives from various schools in the Davao region.
Held last January 29 – 30, the training was attended by 77 representatives from 56 schools and primarily focused on child protection during crisis situations and the creation of inclusive school disaster management plans (SDMPs) by collecting data on vulnerable groups.
“This training was very timely for all these children heroes to develop [these SDMPs], which are the cornerstones that address the protection of children in all stages of disaster,” says ComVal Division Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Person Rosalie Maghinay. Compostela Valley Provincial DRR Management Officer Raul Villocino adds that such plans, if approved, will be integrated in the contingency plans of the barangays or small villages in the region.
Prior to facilitating this activity, Maghinay and Villocino were some of the participants trained by SURGE in a previous inclusive DRR workshop in Davao City last year, which aimed to mainstream inclusive DRR in schools. This is part of the consortium’s peer-to-peer replication strategy that plans to enable trainers to conduct their own workshops on inclusive DRR.
SURGE is consortium composed of Christian Aid, Handicap International, Oxfam and Plan International that aims to build and increase the resilience of high-risk communities by promoting inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction practices and taking such learnings to other communities in the Philippines.