Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PASAR Foundation wants schoolchildren to learn on disaster preparedness in SoLeyte

PASAR Foundation wants schoolchildren to learn on disaster preparedness in SoLeyte
By ES Gorne
Philippine Information Agency
May 17, 2011

SOUTHERN LEYTE, May 17 (PIA) - The Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp.(PASAR) Foundation, Inc (PFI) would like to expose the schoolchildren on learning disaster preparedness in Southern Leyte.

Among its identified activities in promoting their social responsibility in the community, the PFI spearheaded for the schoolchildren together with their teachers to get first hand information in the disaster preparedness especially with the impacts on climate change, Engr. Ruben Cajigas the Executive Director of PFI said during the IEC Materials Development training workshop at Ormoc Villa Hotel, Ormoc City last May 14, 2011.
Engr Cajigas informed the group that PFI have already brought said schoolchildren and teachers at the Guinsaugon ground zero and at the New Guinsaugon relocation site, among other relocation areas in St. Bernard.

Cajigas further said aside from their study tour in St.Bernard, the foundation wanted to visit other municipalities in the province to learn more on disaster preparedness especially those with existing disaster action teams participating the disaster monitoring thru texting system.

Southern Leyte is now on the process of establishing the “Strengthening Disaster Preparedness of Southern Leyte thru SMS “ project in collaboration with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), SMART and the World Bank. The project has identified ten-pilot municipalities to undergo the state of the art disaster monitoring thru texting technology.

The project consultant, Jason Calva informed the group that PASAR is one of the business partners of PBSP.
Representatives of the ten-pilot municipalities underwent a tutorial on the formulation of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials development that would be needed to enhance the disaster action team’s effort to educate their respective communities about the impacts on climate change and how to prepare for it.