Tuesday, 20th February 2018


434 kids join disaster preparedness camp

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By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—Some 434 pupils and students from Grades 3 to 8 of the Inzo Arnaldo Village IntegratedSchool (IAVIS) plus their 22 teachers joined the first-ever disaster consciousness camp for kids recently here.

A collaboration between the Capiz Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council and the IAVIS, the camp taught children varied skills in activities such as fire extinguishing target game; jack-up game (wherein they have to use a hydraulic jack to remove a fake human foot from debris); picture story show on the origins and the safety measures before, during, and after an earthquake and tsunami; emergency shelter workshop; and evacuation of the differently-abled.

They were also taught on emergency kit quiz; water bucket brigade; blanket stretcher medley; caterpillar crawl medley (which can be used in escaping fires); origami tableware (folding paper cups out of newspapers and putting a plastic bag inside it to place food); tire-towering game (used in saving people in floods); and first-aid workshop.

There is a 15-20 minute time limit per activity and all pupils and students go through all the activities.

Resource persons from the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, Capiz Emergency Response Team and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) shared their expertise in the different activities.

PDRRMO Action Officer Esperedion Pelaez said that kids learn well through storytelling and games and are fond of it, thus making a custom-fitted disaster preparedness camp effective.

Notebooks, ballpoint pens, and certificates were given to the participants.

A “budol-budol” fight was also help during the camp wherein participants using their bare hands ate different kinds of food placed on banana leaves.

If the assessment on the activity is not that good, Pelaez said that revisions will be made before the future disaster consciousness camps in other schools.

Rosie Jean Apawan, a 14-year-old Grade 8 student said that she had fun especially when she played the fire extinguishing target game; while Maricar Delista, also the same age and grade level, said that the activities will enable her to help others.

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