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PHIVOLCS' teachers training gains positive response

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The on going teachers training in the city is gaining positive results, according to the officials of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

Being conducted from September 25, 26, and 27 at Grand Astoria Hotel, the training mustered several participants. 

“So far we have a good number of participants I hope that these teachers will learn from what our staff will impart to them,” said Delfin Garcia of Manila-based PHIVOLCS.

The main purpose of the teachers training is to give them lecture materials that would be used in the class to teach pupils on how to react during the occurrence of earthquake and tsunami.

Garcia said they were hoping the teachers will impart the knowledge to the children. “We will be teaching the teachers what to do then they give it to the kids, the kids give it to the family may domino effect iyan.”

"Bale el responds very interesting para kanila,” PHIVOLCS Zamboanga City Officer-in-Charge Allan Labayog, one of the lectures,  said referring to the teachers.

He said most of the teachers were already aware of tsunami and earthquake but hey must be briefed when it comes to technical terms so they can explain it properly to the school children.

The local PHIVOLCS officer asked that "now that the training is being done, use the materials man maximize conel use del materials try to reecho it to other teachers and students. El preparation ta ase kame ahora is not only for today but the generation to come.”

He believes that teaching children is very important because what they learned they will bring it when they will grow up.

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.

Some 150 participants and the teachers will be divided into three batches and 50 per batch. The participants are composed of elementary science teachers.

The training for teachers will be done whole day. 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.

Elementary school teachers 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 PHILVOCS office will distribute sets of educational materials per school plus a CD Tsunami Teacher and Tsunami Glosary, it was learned from Labayog.

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

The teachers training was graced by representative from PHIVOLCS Manila,the Divisions School Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad, Department of Science and Technology Brenda Nazareth Manzano, PHIVOLCS Station chiefs from Bislig, Kidapawan, General Santos City, and Dipolog who came together with representatives of other agencies. 

By R.G. A A. Go




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