Albay Teachers and Albay Schools Division Superintendent Bebiano Sentillas (third from right) joins former Senator Heherson Alvarez (seventh from left), members of the CCC NPTE & IPCC and LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa (fourth from left) after their presentation at the SCORE Conference and Exhibit last November 25 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. (Photo from CCC Facebook page)
Albayanos and the K to 12 Learning Materials on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR)were featured in the 8th Climate Change Consciousness Week hosted by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City last November 21 – 25, 2016.
The K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA and DRVR, an Albay based project led by the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) , took center stage during the Schools for Resilience (SCORE) Conference and Exhibit last November 25 at the Grand Sunset Pavilion of Sofitel Hotel.
A representative of Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones and USec. Alain Del B. Pascua provided the message of support to the SCORE intiative of the CCC and Secretary Manny M. de Guzman and to the K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA and DRVR.
Mrs. Lourdes V. Tibig and Dr. Rosa T. Perez, members of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) and lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), gave lectures about climate change, current scenarios and the 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature goal during the first stretch of the program.
Before the teaching demonstration of the teachers, LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa gave a brief overview of the project. He stressed on the project being vertically and horizontally aligned with the Department of Education (DepEd) K to 12 curriculum. He also provided the participants with the data on how LCCAD, project partners and the teachers came up with the Learning Materials.
The Learning Materials were presented through teaching demonstrations by the LCCAD teacher-writers from the DepEd divisions of Albay, Ligao City and Legazpi City. The presenters were: Rowell B. Serrano of Buhatan Elementary School, Sto. Domingo (Araling Panlipunan Elementary); Gilda M. Dacillo of Camalig North Central School, Camalig (English Elementary); Mai Anne de Guzman-Rondola of Oas Polytechnic School, Oas (English Junior High), Rutesa A. Adornado of Oro Site National High School, Legazpi City (English Senior High); Teresita B. Rañada of Daraga National High School, Daraga (Filipino Senior High), Cheryl G. Pavericio of Oro Site National High School, Legazpi City (Math Junior High) and Russel C. Asis of Ligao City (Math Senior High). They were also joined by DepEd Albay Schools Division Superintendent Bebiano I. Sentillas, Education Program Supervisor for Science Jade O. Alberto and Julius E. Renolla and Gremil Alexis A. Naz of LCCAD.
In the pre-launching of the project, the Albayano teachers showed the Learning Materials to the participants, DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), CCC commissioners, members of the academe such as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), media organizations and non-government organizations (NGOs).
CCC Secretary Manny de Guzman expressed his support to the K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA & DRVR. He also congratulated LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa and the teachers for the work they did on the project.
LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa (left) endorses the K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA & DRVR together with Sen. Loren Legarda (Middle) after her closing remarks during the CCC Clad Awards last November 25 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. (Photo from LCCAD)
Other notable guests include former senator and environment & climate secretary Heherson Alvarez; multi-awarded Filipina and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez; Sonia Mendoza, Chair of the Mother Earth Foundation; Ricky Nuñez, Country Executive Director of Conservation International Philippines and members of the CCC NPTE and IPCC such as Rodel D. Lasco and Juan M. Pulhin.
Perez, Tibig, Lasco, Pulhin and other members of the CCC NPTE, were present during the crafting of the K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA and DRVR last February 2016 at Casablanca Convention Center, Legazpi City. More than 100 selected teacher-writers cum critics from the province of Albay were given lectures by the NPTE as basis for the output of the K to 12 Learning Materials project.
Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, who was also a National Artist for Theater in 2009, commented on the status of CCA awareness in the schools and minds of the students. “I bet you, not a single teacher here knows the 17 sustainable [development] goals. The students know more than 17 states of USA. Why not these [goals]?” she expressed.
In his message during the program, Dr. Bebiano I. Sentillas, Albay Schools Division Superintendent was thankful for the convergence of CCC, LCCAD and DepEd in order to educate the students on CCA and DRVR.
“If there are 50, hundreds, thousands or even millions of people with the same goal, this will never be impossible,” Sentillas told.
Albay Teacher-writers, DepEd Albay Officials and LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa exhibits the K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA & DRVR after the teaching demo at the SCORE Conference and Exhibit
Photo from LCCAD
During the event, the K to 12 Learning Materials demo books were on display at the SCORE Exhibit area. Various guests have expressed their interest and support for the roll-out of the learning materials to the Philippine schools.
The K to 12 Learning Materials on CCA and DRVR is a joint project of LCCAD, CCC and DepEd Region V headed by Dr. Ramon Fiel G. Abcede. Its project partners include: Albay District Representatives Fernando V. Gonzalez, Joey S. Salceda and Edcel C. Lagman, Mayor Noel E. Rosal and the City Government of Legazpi, Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua and the City Government of Ligao, DepEd Albay Division led by Dr. Sentillas, DepEd Legazpi City Division supervised by Dr. Cecille Bernadette P. Rivera, DepEd Ligao City Division directed by Dr. Ma. Luisa P. Samaniego, DepEd Tabaco City Division administered by Dr. Evangeline P. Palencia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region V and Ako Bicol Partylist, headed by party-list representatives Rodel M. Batocabe, Christopher S. Co and Alfredo M. Garbin.
LCCAD is a Legazpi City based non-profit organization. It is also the CCC’s resident training provider of the formulation of the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) in the country, with Rangasa as its Resident Trainer and Mentor, and a development partner of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other stakeholders in the “Burias-Ticao Pass” Protected Seascape endeavour.