Students, OSY Train to Become DRR Advocates
Education Officer Rommel Acejo of ChildFund disclosed that in the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda that heavily hit Capiz, ChildFund has been extending their support to children through various activities in the community and schools.
Acejo said that part of their community activities for children is the strengthening of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), providing also assistance to health such as in the repair if health facilities in their identified target areas.
“Since children were among those who were greatly traumatized by the said disaster, we had initiated a Child-Friendly Space which is a psychological support for children,” he said.
Acejo said that selected students from the various secondary schools in Panay as well as out-of-school youth from the said area were also trained on disaster risk reduction and management for them to become DRR advocates to other children.
He explained that the activity is part of their programs on Rebuilding Institution and Safe Environment, a ChildFund project.
“We are empowering the children on disaster risk advocacy because they are the potential force multipliers of the various government agencies and private organizations in the campaign on climate change which is one of the potent factors in the experienced disaster here such as flood and other emergencies,” Acejo said.
He said that the training for the students and OSY here in Panay town will be replicated to other areas in Western Visayas including in Regions 7 and 8.
Recently a more than 270 selected high school students from the town underwent a three-day Youth-led DRR Emergency and Survival Camp at Pawa National High School to promote resiliency and developing their skills on basic emergency and survival situation as well as developing them an environmental consciousness.
The planting of 300 forest trees in the area was one of the highlights during their concluding activity which was attended by RISE Project Manager for Visayas Michael Bismar.
ChildFund is implementing its projects and programs in five towns and city in Capiz, namely Panay, Tapaz, Jamindan, Ivisan and Roxas City. (JCM./JBG/PIA6)