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PHIVOLCS to train teachers on quake, tsunami from September 25 to 27

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) is set to conduct a teachers training on earthquake and tsunami so these teacher can reecho it to the students from September 25, 26, and 27 at a local hotel in this city.    

Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Allan Labayog of PHIVOLCS Zamboanga City said the project was made possible by PHIVOLCS, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

There will be 150 participants and the teachers will be divided into three batches at 50 individuals per batch, composed of elementary science teachers.

The training for teachers will be done all day long where in the morning, the topic will be understanding Tsunami and Earthquake and in the afternoon the teachers will give a demonstration on how they will use the said materials for teaching.

According to Labayog, the City was chosen for the project because “El original na plan di-ila for those areas tiene maga historical account del tsunami and at the same time those areas prone to tsunami it came out na one of the areas prone to tsunami and with the history of tsunami is Zamboanga Peninsula. Yan include kanatun na list para man disseminate na school children.”

Elementary school teacher were given the priority because the materials are designed for elementary and the bond between a teacher and a pupil is strong in elementary.

The office will distribute sets of educational materials per school plus a CD Tsunami Teacher and Tsunami Glosary.

The materials are composed of big poster sized information regarding Tsunami and Earthquake to include colorful and attractive drawings. At the back there will be guides for the teacher on how to teach the students.

The materials will be distributed only after they trained the teachers on how to use the said educational materials.

PHIVOLCS Director, Renato Solidum are expected to be present while lecturers from PHIVOLCS Manila, the Divisions School Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad, Department of Science and Tecnology Brenda Nazareth Manzano, PHIVOLCS Station chiefs from Bislig, Kidapawan, General Santos City, and Dipolog as well as other agencies are confirmed to come.

Referring to the traning, Labayog said that “Grande este ayuda especially teachers na coastal areas. They will be having this material what will be the proper action when it comes to earthquake and a tsunami event this will be a guide for them cosa debe ase si chene earthquake tsunami. It will also be a guide for them to come up with a disaster plan.”

Aside from this, according to Labayog, majority of the development of the city is along the coastal areas and many schools are also located along the coastal areas the reasons why the city became part of the project.

By R.G. Antonet Go




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