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The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is set to capacitate Agusan del Sur schools towards geologic disaster awareness and preparedness in a three-day training titled, “Training on Communicating Volcano, Earthquake, and Tsunami Hazards for High School Teachers" on May 28-30, 2019 at Mabe’s Place, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

In close partnership with the Department of Education Schools Division of Agusan del Sur and Bayugan City, 56 secondary and integrated schools will be represented by teachers, disaster risk reduction (DRR) coordinators, and school heads in the training. Lectures on the basics of volcano, earthquake, and tsunami hazards, as well as practical exercises on disaster preparedness, are devised to enable school representatives in communicating knowledge on said hazards to students.

DOST-PHIVOLCS will conduct a separate one-day training for 54 elementary school representatives titled, “Training on Communicating PHIVOLCS Information Tools for Elementary Teachers” on September 25, 2019 at the same venue. Attendees will be briefed on using available PHIVOLCS information materials and tools in teaching volcano, earthquake, and tsunami hazards to school children.

The trainings are programmed to ultimately assist students in preparing for and responding to existing geologic hazards in their community, especially that school children are highly vulnerable when it comes to disasters. The activities are in time for commemorating the 20th year since the Ms 5.1 earthquake on June 7, 1999 in Bayugan City, which was followed by a damaging aftershock on June 9, 1999 that mostly affected the town of Talacogon in Agusan del Sur.

 

For information about the event, please contact:

 

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST
and Officer-In-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611