Baguio City dad pushes school personnel to undergo DRR trainings

BAGUIO CITY — City Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. has proposed an ordinance mandating all teaching and non-teaching personnel in both public and private schools to undergo risk reduction trainings.

Yangot said that the proposal was based on the provision of Republic Act (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010.

Yangot said the proposed ordinance was also based on the 1987 Constitution which “mandates the state to protect and promote the right of the people to basic health services and instill health consciousness among them.”

RA 10121 recognizes the necessity of being prepared for any disaster, natural or man-made, in order to prevent or lessen after-effects.

Yangot in the proposed measure cites the recent 6.7 earthquake that struck Surigao Del Norte, claiming eight lives, injuring 202 others, destroying homes, buildings and schools and leaving thousands of families affected.

Yangot said parents will feel a lot safer knowing that the faculty members are properly trained to provide immediate care to their children.

If approved and implemented, the city government can now count on the school personnel and the Barangay DRRMC, to support the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), making it more efficient and responsive to needs that may arise.

All public and private schools in the city will also be given six months from the date of its passage to comply with the ordinance that takes effect in accordance with provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991.

The Baguio City Council approved the proposed ordinance on first reading. Jojo Lamaria/