While it is not a part of the regular target of the Office, the conduct of said activity underscored the importance of relaying the same to academic institutions, acknowledging the significant role of students and teachers in information dissemination about geologic hazards.
Participants who were mostly Senior High students, Classroom presidents and secretaries, SSG Officers, DRR Officers, ECO Friendly Officers and WASH Officers and some teachers and advisers were engaged into lectures and discussions which will improve their awareness and preparedness specifically in times of natural and man-made calamities as a result of geological processes referred to as geohazards such as flood, landslide, ground subsidence and coastal hazards.
The presentations mainly emphasized the important aspects of hazard as well as the different manifestations of geohazards. Among the geohazards discussed and explained are the characteristics of natural hazards like landslide, flooding and earthquake.
Geologist Rodrigo Jay Miralles emphasized in his lectures that the awareness and preparedness of each one on climate change adaptation and mitigation is important in response to the zero casualty goal when disasters happen. He added that when a disaster happens, the time to prepare has already lapsed, hence, the best time to prepare for it must always be ahead of time.
The schools, through the principals, expressed gratitude for the conduct of the IEC campaign stating that nowadays, basic know-how on disaster preparedness and response must be imperative not just among teachers but students as well. Likewise, the schools vowed to incorporate the activity in their DRR-CCA module/curriculum as a solid manifestation of their commitment and support to increase public awareness and response on geohazards.
The IEC team likewise distributed materials such as leaflets on geohazards which the participants can share and disseminate amongst their friends, families and respective communities.