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Bulacan strengthens disaster awareness and preparedness of schools
By: PPAO
Friday, 03 December 2010
CITY OF MALOLOS—Provincial officials led by Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando will launch the 1st School Hydrological Information Network (SHINE) Conference, an innovative program geared towards enhancing disaster awareness of the school populace and prevent loss of life and protect property by achieving and maintaining a high-level of school preparedness on Monday.

Alvarado, who is also the chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), said that the School Hydrological Information Network (SHINE) is one major program aimed at addressing the issues on Global Warming, particularly focusing on the awareness to hydro-meteorological-related disasters as result of changes in climate.

Moreover, this activity is another way of supporting the Department of Education’s thrust in its program on “climate change” enhanced curriculum. This is consistent with the underlying principle that disaster awareness should begin in schools and consequently, formulate mitigating or adaptable ways in their own capacity and level to address related issues.

In addition to this, Felicisima L. Mungcal, executive officer of PDRRMC, said School Rainfall Observation stations will be put up at the Akle High School, Dona Remedios Trinidad High School, John J. Russell High School, Angat National High School, F. Halili High School, Vedasto R. Santiago High School, Norzagaray National High School, San Jose del Monte High School and Binagbag High School.

She added that the program will also support community information through the Community-based (Local) Flood Warning System and the community’s disaster awareness programs. ###

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