LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY— The provincial government of Albay and the Department of Education (DepEd) have integrated Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in the curricula of elementary and secondary schools.
According to Manuel Rangasa, executive director of the Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), disaster risk reduction in education was pushed based on the results of the initial integration program implemented among pilot schools in the province.
Rangasa noted that the CCA is expected to provide students full grasp of climate change issues and its relevance to their studies.
The CIRCA also recently conducted a seminar for school mentors in laying out the preparations and foundation of CCA concepts, which will be used for this school year.
“We are now in full swing and the lessons will be given to all schools across Albay through CIRCA's supervision in partnership with the DepEd,” Rangasa said.
He also added that the integration of the program will be beneficial for the country in fulfilling the requirements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pursued by the United Nations, UN Development Program, Spanish Embassy and the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID).
Albay Governor Joey Salceda said the inclusion of the disaster risk reduction in the curricula is important as the province is under constant threat from Mount Mayon, categorized as an active volcano.
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